Polling vital for strong democracy: Chief secretary

Officers-employees felicitated at state level function on voters day

cs26.1.16Bhopal, January 26, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):   Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa has described polling as vital for strong democracy. He said that participation of all is necessary to preserve democracy. Mr. de Sa was addressing state level function on Voters Day at Subhash School of Excellence here today. Chief Electoral Officer Mrs. Saleena Singh and retired State Election Commissioner Mr. G.S. Shukla were also present on the occasion. At the function, officers-employees and winners of various district level students’ competition were given away prizes. The Chief Secretary said that India is world’s largest democratic republic. Hard work and sense of responsibility are necessary to maintain democratic system. Highlighting importance of independence, he said that it strengthens democratic system. He said that people should vote fearlessly to protect democracy.

In fact, polling shows whether a country is democratic or not. A country can be called democratic when polling is held there in time and people vote impartially and fearlessly. Polling is not only right, but also duty of voter. The Chief Secretary urged people to vote for the sake of society and country. Before polling, they should ascertain where their names have been included in electoral rolls or not. If not, then they must get their names included in voter list. Not only one, but they should discharge their duty by polling in all elections.

The Chief Secretary congratulated officers and employees of CEO Office for conducting previous elections efficiently. He also administered pledge of Voters Day.  Mrs. Saleena Singh informed that Voters Day is being observed at all 62 thousand 976 polling stations and district headquarters in the state. She said that under programme to revise electoral rolls, names of 3 lakh 36 thousand persons attaining age of 18 years have been included. Names of 62.20 percent or 4 crore 95 lakh out of total population of the state 7 crore 96 lakh have been included in electoral rolls.

Toll-free number 1950 for redressal of complaints and helpline; and a website to assist voters are being operated. Voters’ facilitation centres are operational in all 230 Vidhan Sabha constituencies. Mobile numbers of about one crore 25 lakh voters have been collected. Bhopal Divisional Commissioner Mr. B.P. Singh read out message of Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Nasim Zaidi.

For including maximum names in voter lists during summary revision, the Chief Secretary conferred first prize to Chhindwara Collector Mr. Mahesh Chandra Choudhary, second to Harda Collector Mr. Srikant Banoth and third prize to Hoshangabad Collector Mr. Bhondve Sanket Shantaram. For voter awareness and including maximum names in voter lists in Zila Panchayats, first prizes were given to Ujjain Zila Panchayat CEO Mrs. Ruchika Chouhan, Mrs. Shanmukh Priya Mishra of Harda, Mr. Praveen Singh of Bhind, Mr. Deepak Arya of Vidisha and Mr. Neeraj Kumar Singh of Gwalior.