|Sujeet Saurabh and (above) Yadunath Singh. Pictures by Ashok Sinha
Class XII student Sujeet Saurabh is eagerly waiting for the announcement of the 2014 Lok Sabha election dates. Reason: His name has been enrolled in the voters’ list and he is now eligible to exercise his democratic right for the first time.
“I am excited over being enrolled as an eligible voter to cast my vote for the first time. It is a matter of pride to play a part in building the country’s future. Though I have little interest in politics, I will certainly take part in the electoral process to chose the country’s prime minister,” Sujeet (19) said.
For Yadunath Singh, a resident of Golghar in Patna, it was like a dream come true. “My name has been included in the voters’ list for the first time. But I have not yet received my voters’ identity card. The officials have promised to provide the card within a month,” the first-year law student said.
Ashish Kumar, a resident of Golghar Park road, was equally excited.
“After getting my name enrolled as an eligible first-time voter, I am trying my best to convince my friends to do the same. Casting vote is our moral obligation,” he said.
All the three have barely crossed their teens and are yet to decide their career options. But they have one thing in common — they all want to exercise their franchise on D-Day.
“We are waiting for the election dates to be announced by the Election Commission of India so that we can get the feeling of being the first-time voters,” Abhijeet said.
Saurabh, Ashish and Abhijeet are among the 17 lakh and odd voters whose names have been included in the voters’ list. The latest figures available at the office of the chief election commissioner of Bihar revealed that the names of 16,60,667 people have been included in the state electors’ list, who would be exercising their right to vote for the first time in the coming general elections.
Deputy chief election commissioner N.R. Ram said there has been 5.07 per cent increase in the number of electors this year (till January 2014) compared to last year (January 2013).
Those who have missed the opportunity to enrol need not be disappointed.
“They can apply either online or submit their applications to the respective offices in the districts. The process would continue till the date of filing of nominations of the candidates,” he clarified.
For online registration, those who have attained the age of 18 can apply at www.ceobihar.nic.in.