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There is need to establishing Electoral Literacy Clubs across all educational institutions: J&K LG

There is need to establishing Electoral Literacy Clubs across all educational institutions: J&K LG

Jammu, Jan 25 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu on Saturday led the 10th National Voters’ Day celebrations across J&K by being part of a Voter’s Day awareness program organised by Election Department, here at the Convention Centre.

He emphasized that in line with this year’s theme of the 10th National Voters’ Day -“Electoral Literacy for a Stronger Democracy”, there is a need to set up Electoral Literacy Clubs (ELCs) in Schools and all other Educational Institutions to educate the youth about the electoral process.

During his address, the Lt Governor observed that the main purpose of celebrating the National Voters’ Day is to encourage the new eligible young voters to get them registered in the electoral rolls and also to popularise electoral practices through Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation.

He said that the aim of mainstreaming of electoral literacy is to involve the young voters in electoral process, besides to spread the awareness among them so that they can cast their votes with responsibility and participate in the development of the country.

The Lt Governor observed that voting is the elemental concept for any democratic set up. It is the most fundamental right in our democracy and when we elect our representatives collectively through the process of voting, it affirms the belief that we govern ourselves by our own free will.

He further outlined that voters are the lifeblood of a healthy and blooming democracy and exercising the right to vote is the expression of one’s opinion, which holds high value in a representative democracy like ours and as such there is not only the need to encourage the eligible young voters to get themselves registered in the electoral rolls but also to popularise the electoral practices, stimulate informed debates and deliberations among the stakeholders thereby underscoring focus on making the citizens fully informed and helping them in making political judgments based on rationality and with a vision of taking the country forward.

The Lt Governor congratulated the Election Department for adding more than 4.35 lakh new voters to the electoral rolls of the Union Territory in Special Summary Revision-2019.

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