Meghalaya News 24 special story
“My priority will be the candidate who will be working for us, for me my priority of choosing a candidate will be work not religion or anything,” says a First time voter who received his Electoral Voter’s identity Card from Governor SatyaPal Malik on the occasion of National voter’s Day.
‘A Politician who is honest and works for people and society’ is what the younger generation and the first time voters want. In the final electoral roll of the state published by the Election Commission on January 15, the Election Department informed the names of 20,16,566 voters were included, of which 10,20,579 are female voters while male enrollment is at 9,95,986.
“I am very excited, from Childhood we used to see our elders voting and choosing a person who will represent us, it’s very exciting being a first time voter, my priority will be the candidate who will be working for us, for me my priory of choosing a candidate will be work not religion or anything,” Subhangkar Debroy.
“Today is a memorable day for me and others as well in 2023 I will be voting for the first time and I hope I will choose a candidate who is perfect for our country and people of our Nation as well,” Enrika Thangkiew, a first time voter who received her EPIC from the Governor today.
In an exclusive interview to Meghalaya News 24, Governor Satya Pal Malik advised the first time voters not to get affected by any extraneous consideration.
“Voting is a great asset and I congratulate the young voters, the power of vote is immense and getting a vote is a great achievement, I appeal to them (the first time voters) to exercise it with courage with honesty and they should be very vigilant and should not be affected by anything extraneous consideration, I wish them well,” The governor said.
On this day, the Election Commission of India also launched the e-EPIC (Electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card) programme during the National Voters’ Day celebrations. Various banners carrying the information of E-EPIC was on display during the function at Raj Bhawan Shillong.
To create awareness on this, the National voters’ Day today celebrated with the theme Empowered, safe, vigilant, informed.
The e-elector photo identity card is a non-editable digital version of the elector photo identity card and it can be saved in facilities like digi-locker and can be printed in the PDF format, Election Commission officials told news agency.
The e-EPIC is a very innovative measure whereby each and every elector can download on his/her mobile phone through the voter App, what is known as a virtual EPIC.
During her address, the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Isawanda Laloo said, “In East Khasi Hills an enrollment of 18, 814 new voters in our District as against the usual average of 10,000 voters every year.”
“This is a significant achievement,” she added.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Communications Ravishankar Prashad tweeted,
is a #DigitalIndia initiative that allows the citizens to share and access certificates and documents in digital form and is empowering the citizens digitally.