Chandigarh University observes National Voters Day: Students pledge to cast vote
Democracy Club launched to educate students about their fundamental rights and duties as citizen of India
With a mission to urge first time voters to actively participate in democracy building exercise; casting of votes during elections, the students of Chandigarh University celebrated National Voters Day at University campus. As the five states, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa goes for poll, the first time voters can play a significant role in swinging the elections and deciding which party will form the Government in the respective states. Punjab being the first state to witness polls, the Chandigarh University students took lead in educating others regarding the importance of casting ballot. According to the Election Commission of India, there has been a substantial increase in the number of first time voters, which counts for 1.24% of the total 1.97 Crore electorates in the state.
In the various activities which were organized at the university campus to mark National Voters Day, the university students formed a human chain to represent SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) which is a flagship program run by Election Commission of India to educate the voters and urge them to participate in the electoral process. Mr. Jyotiraditya (IRS), Deputy Commissioner, Service Tax Zone, New Delhi who is appointed as observer (Expenditure) for Vidhan Sabha elections 2017 from SAS Nagar preceded over the function as Chief Guest. The students who are eligible voters for the first time in the five states which are going for polls, pledged to cast their precious vote with sincerity and honesty. The Chief Guest launched the “Democracy Students Club” on the occasion which would be responsible to educate the students about their fundamental rights and making them understand their responsibilities while enjoying those rights.
While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jyotiraditya said, “It is commendable that youth of Punjab is aware and understanding the importance of right to vote, they have pledged to participate in the democracy building exercise of choosing their representatives”. With the active participation of first time voters the youth will be able to project important issues which are of their concern and the candidates who are contesting the elections will need to focus on the youth related matters such as Quality Education, Unemployment, Corruption, he added. The students also organized an awareness rally in the campus so that maximum participation of the youth can be assured during the upcoming elections.
Dr. R.S. Bawa, Vice-Chancellor, Chandigarh University said,“ Youth constitutes the major chunk of the population in India and it is important to encourage students participation in important issues which are of the concern to the society and the nation as a whole”.