BY TC News Desk
Agartala, January 25, 2023: The National Voter’s Day was observed on Wednesday with due dignity through various programs across the state. The main function of the 13th National Voter’s Day celebration was held at Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan. This year’s theme is “There is nothing like voting, we will definitely vote”.
Chief Secretary JK Sinha inaugurated the programme. In today’s event, distribution of pictorial voter identity cards to new voters, release of election awareness calendar. Moreover, officials for performing special duties in poll work were felicitated, names of mascots associated with election campaign in the state, felicitation of persons associated with formation of avatars, open kites competition, etc. were held.
Discussing the importance of celebrating National Voter’s Day, Chief Secretary JK Sinha said that the participation of all voters in a transparent process is very necessary to strengthen the country’s democracy. In a democracy there may be differences, but there should not be differences of opinion. During the election process, there will be a large number of people from media and other fields including foreign officials. In this case, if the peaceful election process of the state can be presented in front of them, the reputation of the state will be improved in the future.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Electoral Officer Kiran Gitte said that voters are the backbone of the election process. Democracy is strengthened when voters are aware of their rights. There are 94 crore voters in our country. In the last Lok Sabha elections, 67 percent votes were cast. The Election Commission of India wants total voter participation in any election. India’s electoral process has a special respect around the world. A few days back, 17 countries were given workshops by the Election Commission of India to conduct their electoral processes.
He further said that many steps have been taken to get women, third gender, 80 years and above and persons with disabilities (PwDs) to participate in the voting process to a greater extent and to register their names. In this, various steps have been taken like increasing the number of polling stations, provision of ramps for voters in polling stations, wheel chairs, taking votes from the houses of 80 years and above. Applications have been received from 17,000 youths aged 17 and above in the state to register their names in the voter list. So far 610 complaints have been received through the C-Vigil app. Of these, 480 complaints have been disposed of.
State Election Commissioner M L Dey also spoke on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner of West Tripura district Debapriya Bardhan delivered the vote of thanks. National Divyang Sataru Sameer Burman was also present on the occasion.