Bhopal: Around 85 lakh new voters have been included in the electoral roll from last assembly polls, thus pushing the number of voters up to 4.60 crore.
“Madhya Pradesh has now 61 percent of its population enfranchised,” stated Chief Electoral Officer Jaideep Govind, while addressing a function in Bhopal on Friday.
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was the chief guest at the function. On the occasion, Yadav said that success of democracy depends on free and fair polls and election of honest public representatives. The responsibility for strengthening democracy rests with voters. Therefore, they should elect honest, dedicated and devoted public representatives.
Yadav also administered voters' pledge to those present on the occasion. MP Kailash Joshi and Chief Secretary R Parasuram were also present. The programme was organised at all district headquarters as well. On the occasion, a photo exhibition was organised and two films were also screened.
The governor said that all people of the country should be proud of Indian democratic traditions. He said that National Voters Day programme aimed at making voters aware of their rights and duties. Every citizen must always remain alert to ensure success of democratic system.
He said that all educational institutions were imparting voter education. To mark Voters Day, a debate competition is being held on "Voting necessary for a strong democracy" in all schools and colleges of the state.
Besides, debate competitions have already been held on "Name in electoral roll and identity card first link of strong democracy", "Strong democracy only means to eradicate corruption" and "Strong democracy - participation of all".