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Participates in National Voters’ Day celebrations

Jammu: On the eve of 74th Republic Day, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has extended his greetings and felicitations to the people.

“I extend warm greetings to all. I convey my special greetings to members of Jammu Kashmir Police, Armed Forces, CAPFs and emergency responders. I also wish and congratulate all our sportspersons who have participated and won laurels for Jammu Kashmir,” LG said in his message.

He said that on this day in 1950, by adopting the values and ideals enshrined in the Constitution, the architects of our country had embarked on a journey to create a society based on justice, brotherhood and equality.

“This seven-decade-long developmental journey is a living example of our inclusive ideology, national unity, hard work and dynamism”, LG added.

“We pay tribute to the farmers, scientists, engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, tribals, litterateurs, artists, businessmen, workers, youth and women who have infused new energy into Jammu Kashmir and ensured inclusive and sustainable development, LG said while paying homage to the founding fathers and the freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifice for the unity and integrity of our country.

Earlier, Lieutenant Governor participated in the 13th National Voters’ Day celebrations today at Convention Centre in Jammu.

Speaking on the occasion, the LG said that the objective behind this celebration is to encourage voters to participate in the democratic process, an official press release informed.

“Active participation of people in the electoral process is key to healthy democracy. Congratulations to the young voters who have enrolled recently,” the LG said.

The LG said that this years’ theme of National Voters’ Day, “Nothing like voting, I vote for sure” reminds every citizen of their solemn duty towards the nation and democratic principles.

“On this occasion, let us take a pledge to keep the national interest paramount and rededicate ourselves to strengthen the democratic system,” he added.

The LG said “exercising the ‘Right to Vote’ is the expression of one’s opinion which holds high value in democracy.” He called for upholding the democratic traditions of the country and the dignity of free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections.

“The Election Commission of India has gained global recognition for a strong and transparent system. The Election Commission is continuously enriching and strengthening the electoral process by using IT tools, conducting free & fair elections, educating voters and also sharing its expertise with other countries,” said the LG.

“Despite all the challenges, as the world’s largest democracy rooted in democratic values, we have developed a robust structure which has strengthened inclusive development and fulfilling hopes & aspirations of the people,” he added.

The LG also appreciated the election officials for their “invaluable contribution in efficiently improving voter registration, enhancing voters’ participation, educating and motivating voters.”

The LG said “under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the establishment of a three-tier PRIs system and their participation in J&K’s developmental journey has truly empowered the common man.”

He urged all remaining eligible citizens in the UT of J&K to enroll themselves in the Electoral Rolls and exercise the rights bestowed by the Indian Constitution.

The LG also administered the National Voters’ Day pledge and distributed electronic voter ID cards to newly registered voters.

On the occasion, Rajiv Kumar, Chief Election Commissioner of India, through a video message, congratulated the people on National Voters’ Day.

Anil Salgotra, Joint Chief Electoral Officer, J&K gave a detailed briefing on the statistics of registration of new voters in J&K and the successful completion of the delimitation process.

Earlier, the LG administered the National Voters’ Day Pledge to the officials of the LG’s Secretariat and Special Security Force’s (SSF) personnel at Raj Bhavan.

KK Sharma, State Election Commissioner, J&K; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; RK Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department; Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, joined the celebrations of National Voters’ Day at Convention Centre.

Rajinder Sharma, Mayor, JMC; Bharat Bhushan, chairman DDC Jammu, besides representatives of political parties and people in large numbers were also present, the press release informed.

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