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Rendezvous with first-timers

- Two Bokaro students, a professional talk about their vote debut

Election 2014 saw the largest number of young voters since Independence. As polling for the 16th Lok Sabha election was held for the last and final time in the four parliamentary constituencies of Jharkhand — Dhanbad, Rajmahal, Godda and Dumka — on Thursday, these debut voters pressed the EVM button with lot of hope and great expectations. Shashank Shekhar spoke to three of them from Bokaro. Here’s what they had to say about their experience…

Anamika Kumari

Age: 18 years and 6 months

Occupation: Student. Cleared intermediate from Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya

Aspires to be: A doctor

Voted at: Booth No. 278 at St Xavier’s School

EVM Experience: “I felt so special and responsible. For the first time I have been given the task of electing a responsible government that must work for the development of the nation. Ensuring women’s security should be the top most priority of any government.”

Great expectations: “I want new rules to stop corrupt practicises. Empower public to recall the elected representatives if they do not perform well.”

Preety Kumari

Age: 19

Occupation: Studying BCA

Aspires to be: A software engineer

Voted at: Booth No. 277 at St Xavier’s School

EVM Experience: “I was very excited and wanted to be absolutely on time. However, I finally managed to reach the booth at 10.30am. Till the time I reached the ballot box, I was more concerned about my dress and how I was looking. But, once I was about to press the button, a certain sense of responsibility dawned on me.”

Great expectations: “Every party must make it mandatory to give tickets to its women representatives.”

Dipendra Kumar

Age: 21

Occupation: Works for an insurance company in Pune

Voted at: Booth No. 461 at government middle school in Sector II-C

EVM Experience: “I came all the way from Pune to Bokaro to vote. So, you can well understand how excited I was.”

Great expectations: “Jharkhand should be free of the unemployment problem.”