Previously voting process was difficult as ballot papers were printed, heavy ballot boxes had to be shifted and many errors would result in the elections. Irregularities could not be found out earlier, but now EVM machines have made the voting process easier.
Even today conducting election in far-flung areas of the state and the country is no less a challenge but the Election Commission continues to make improvements in the election process against all odds and is committed to hold fair elections for which I congratulate all employees–officers. This was said by Governor Smt. Anandiben Patel at a programme organized by the Election Commission on the occasion of National Voters Day.
Governor Smt. Patel said that today the time has changed so much that the new voter is aware for whom to vote. In our times, we would vote for the person as directed by our elders at home.
Apart from this, today women have become aware of the use of their right exercise franchise and their participation in political activities has also increased. She said that our country is a democratic country and the biggest proof is that our women were acquired the right to vote in the first election itself whereas women in countries like America also had to struggle for voting rights.
The rising percentage of voting compared to previous years is proof enough of the increasing awareness of people towards the right to vote.
Chief Electoral Officer Shri B.L. Kanta Rao read out the message of Chief Election Commission Shri Sunil Arora on the occasion.
On the occasion the Governor handed over identity cards to the first-time voters and distributed citations to winners of essay writing, debates and painting competitions organized in schools and colleges for voting awareness.
The Governor also gave away certificated to the administrative officials for best performance in the previous Assembly elections. She also gave citations to Madhya Pradesh SVEEP icon Padmashri Shri Vijaydutt Shridhar, well-known Bharatnatyam danseuse Lata Munshi, hockey player Shri Sameer Daad and Shri Uday Hatvalne.
Smt. Patel released a book focused on SVEEP activities published by Public Relations Department on the occasion.
At the outset Governor Smt. Patel administered oath to all those present on the occasion to use right to franchise and strengthen democracy.
All the guests were presented with Gandhi literature by the Chief Election Commission. Prominent among those present at the programme were state icon senior artiste Shri Rajiv Verma and T.V. artiste Smt. Divyanka Tripathi, Commissioner Smt. Kalpana Shrivastava, Collector Shri Sudama Khade and State Election Commissioner Shri V.P. Singh.