The largest festival of democracy is just around the corner and young voters of Delhi University are keen to have a strong government at the Centre which can take quick decisions in the country’s interests.
Many of these students will be exercising their right to vote for the first time in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
These young voters hold the power to make or break the king. They have strength in their numbers and thus, hold the key to decide which party will lead the nation. Political parties have recognized their potential role which is why they are trying to woo these young voters through speeches and social media.
There has been a sharp rise in the turnout of voters of the 18-25 age group from 54 per cent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections to 68 per cent in 2014.
It has happened for the first time in the Indian electoral history that the turnout of first time voters is higher than the overall voters.
This data may increase in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with over 1.5 crore first-time voters added to the electoral rolls this year, which is about half the size of Australia’s population. The strength truly is in their numbers.
Awareness campaigns are being conducted at a full swing. Young voters are being taught about the importance of casting their vote.
On February 16, DU students were made aware of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines by the District Magistrate (East) and the Delhi University Students’ Union.
Speaking at the event organized in the Arts Faculty Delhi’s Chief Election Officer Ranbir Singh appealed to students to increase the electors of 18-19 years from the low number of 1 lakh to at least 6 lakh by the active and effective contribution of students.
“Youth constitute the highest number of voters in the country and they should use their votes to build an empowered society and strong democracy,” he said.
Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 across India’s 543 constituencies in 29 states and 7 Union Territories.
With great power comes great responsibility and the young voters, thus, must exercise their right to choose their representatives for the 17th Lok Sabha.
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