24-01-2022:Voters should strengthen democracy by using their franchise boldly – Governor
Rajbhawan, Dehradun, 24 January, 2022
The Governor of Uttarakhand Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh (Retd) has extended greetings to the people of the state on ‘National Voters’ Day’. In his message, the Governor said that strong democracy is necessary for the progress of the country and the voter is the basis of the strength of democracy. Voters should make their invaluable active contribution in strengthening democracy by using their franchise boldly on the basis of their discretion.
Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd) said that this festival of democracy is a symbol of public faith in the democratic system provided by the Constitution, which gives every voter the right to choose a fair and progressive government. Voters also have a responsibility to exercise their franchise fearlessly without being influenced by caste, religion, language, community or any other inducement to protect the dignity of democracy.
The Governor said that voting is a right as well as a duty. Voting is the biggest charity. By voting, people participate in the election process. Democracy of the country becomes more powerful by voting. It is also the moral responsibility of all the aware citizens to give their cooperation to the Election Commission in keeping the voter list correct and updated every year.
Imparting the credit of the ever-increasing voting percentage in Uttarakhand to its people, the Governor said that after the formation of the state, all the elections were held peacefully and harmoniously in Uttarakhand. For this the people of Devbhoomi and the administrative machinery here deserve to be congratulated. There is a higher percentage of female voters than males. It shows the progressiveness of the state. The youth of the state should take pride in being the citizens of the largest and most successful democratic country in the world. India is on the path of progress because youth is progressing.
The Governor said that despite the challenges, our electoral system is continuously maturing. Indian electoral system is a fair system. On the basis of the speciality of its modernity and simple arrangements, the Election Commission of India has become a role model for the whole world today.
The Governor appealed to all the voters to take a pledge to conduct the assembly elections of the state, which is going to be held on February 14, in a peaceful atmosphere and to exercise their franchise cent percent. The Governor appreciated the arrangements made by the State Election Department for the elections held so far in the state and for the assembly elections this year.