Use right to franchise judiciously, voters told

Right to vote is a vital part of democracy and every citizen should use the right to select a suitable representative, said District and Sessions Judge B G Jettannavar.

He was speaking at a programme at the Nandi Rangamandira in the city in observance of the National Voters' Day on Wednesday.

All citizens above 18 years should actively participate in the democratic system by exercising the right to vote. Every vote matters in deciding the future of the country, he said.

Deputy Commissioner Dr N Manjula said the district had 12.65 lakh people, of whom 8.66 lakh persons had registered their names in the voters' list. “Up to 68 per cent of the registration process has been completed, but women need to register in greater numbers,” she added.

Prizes were given to winner of rangoli and volleyball competitions.

In Malur

Tahsildar H Amaresh said youngsters should take an initiative to participate in the democratic set up and work to clear the system of corruption. They have to exercise their rights to vote in order to achieve this, he added.

He was speaking at the National Voters' Day programme organised by the taluk administration at the Agricultural Society Auditorium on Wednesday.

“The Election Commission has strived hard to make the election system transparent. In appreciation of the efforts of the Commission, youngsters should turn voters without falling prey to inducements,” he advised.

The taluk has 1.19 lakh voters. “Malur has a record distribution of 92 per cent epic cards in the district. The remnant eight per cent distribution will be completed in the near future,” he said.
Two young voters- one man and one woman- were picked randomly on the occasion and given Rs 1,000 as incentive. Also, three BLO officers were awarded for excellent performance.

In Gauribidanur

The voter is the ruler in a democracy, which is why the opinion of the voter matters very much during elections, said tahsildar Dr B Sudha.

She was speaking at the Ambedkar Bhavan on Wednesday at the National Voters' Day programme.

Citizens should strive to uphold the democratic system, inclusive of free and fair elections, by ensuring peaceful elections, said the tahsildar and called upon the people to push themselves to the voting centres instead of wasting a precious right.

Town Municipal Council president Pramila Balaji agreed that casting one's vote helps elect a good leader for development work.

V Nagaraj, assistant teachers Velapi, Lakshminarasappa, gram panchayat accountants Hosur, Sriram, physical instructor Melya, BLO officers who had collected the largest number of voters in their lists were given certificates and cash prizes of Rs 1,000.

In Kolar

The younger generations should realise the Constitutional importance of casting one's vote. This is necessary for building a strong democracy, said Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena.
He spoke after distributing identity cards to young, new voters at the Chennayya Rangamandira in the city on Wednesday.

Reminding that the election right was an important right of citizens, Meena said voters should give preference to representatives who were not only honest and pro-people, but also responded to problems of the citizens.

“There are 14,874 young voters registered in the district. People who have not yet registered, should register their names under Form 6. A helpline has been provided for registration, corrections and also clarification of any kind. Information can also be got on phone numbers 08152-222133, 222098 and 224926,” said the Deputy Commissioner.

Dr S Muralidhar, head of the Commerce and Management Department at the Government College for Boys gave the main address.

Winners of various competitions were given prizes. Also officers were given prizes and certificates for excellent performance.

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