Today is National Voter’s Day (NVD). It is observed on 25th January every year. This tradition was initiated by The Election Commission of India in 2011 to commemorate its foundation day, to enhance the participation of voters and to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones. This day is very important as it is a reminder and an effort to make universal adult suffrage a complete reality and thereby enhance the quality of our democracy.
It is very unfortunate that in spite of such awareness programs today and during every election in the country, the voters’ turnout rarely crosses 60 percent and it is mostly below 50 percent in most places. Election Day is a holiday to facilitate voting by every eligible voter. The time involved for voting at most polling booths is less than an hour. Yet, many people do not understand the importance of their vote and keep away from elections due to flimsy reasons. For some the elections holiday is for an outing, for some it is to rest and for some it is to carry out some work and so on. They may do whatever they want on Election Day but most importantly let them take some time out to vote without fail. There are bad leaders and corrupt voters in our country, they can be defeated only if responsible people come out in large numbers and vote for worthy candidates, whichever election it is.
‘Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Elections – 2016’ are being held on 2nd February 2016. Hope the turnout will be large and the best candidates will get elected and do good for the Twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.