| Youngsters at a photo exhibition on polling activities at the National Voters’ Day celebration in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Sanjib Mukherjee |
Bhubaneswar, Jan. 25: A number of programmes to promote voter awareness were organised today to observe the third National Voters’ Day.
The focus was on the active participation of youngsters in the electoral process. The celebrations included an awareness rally by students and local residents.
The youth rally was flagged off from Kalinga Stadium, while a poster exhibition and photography show was held to create awareness among the public to be a part of the democratic process.
Addressing a gathering at Kalinga Stadium, Odisha governor M.C. Bhandare urged youths to be an integral part of the electoral process.
“Awareness among the voters will lead to more voters’ taking part in the electoral process of the country. The participation of voters in the electoral process has been increasing in various states, which is a good indication for the largest democracy,” said Bhandare.
He also distributed voters’ identity cards to people of three constituencies in Bhubaneswar who have recently been added to the voter roll.
“The electors’ population ratio in Odisha is very high at 68.66 per cent, which should be brought down around to 61 per cent. A special drive will be conducted in April to ascertain the exact number of the voters and strike out those with double registration,” said chief electoral officer of Odisha Mona Sharma.