Governor Syed Ahmed on Friday urged the voters of the state to understand their responsibilities and cast their franchises during the upcoming Assembly and general elections.
Ahmed, who chaired a function organised by the Election Commission of India in Ranchi on the occasion of National Voter's Day, asked the citizens to come out in strength during the polls and vote for the most deserving candidate irrespective of his/her caste, creed or religion. That, he claimed was the only way the masses can contribute in strengthening the democratic structure of our country.
"Most people think that their one vote would make no difference to the outcome of a poll. But what they do not understand is that their one precious franchise may be the reason a wrong candidate is voted to power. If you do not have a vehicle to reach the nearest polling booth, then walk. Your small gesture will help bring about big changes in the country," Ahmed said addressing a gathering at Red Cross Society office in Morabadi.
The governor also asked the electoral officers to ensure that the voters had to travel no more than two kilometres in an election booth and that none of the election centres should have more than 1,200 voters.
The function, which was also graced by state election commissioner S.D. Sharma, Jharkhand's chief electoral officer P.K. Jajoria, Ranchi University vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat, Ranchi subdivisional officer Amit Kumar and Ranchi deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey, also saw a number of new voters being issued their identity cards by the commission.
Speaking at the function after Ahmed, election commissioner Sharma said if anyone was 18 years old but did not have a voter card, he/she could not be deprived of his/her right of exercising his franchise.
"The election commission has listed 18 documents that can act as an identification for the voter. If a voter does not have a photo identity card issued by the election commission, he/she can use any other ID nand vote," Sharma said, urging the senior state officials to educate their juniors in this regard.
Jajoria said they were setting up as many as 750 additional booths across the state for Jharkhand's more than 1.8 crore voters.
Elsewhere, the Dhanbad district administration also organised a programme at Kala Bhavan to sensitise and encourage young voters to take part in the election process. The event, which was graced by Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar as the chief guest, saw hundreds of residents taking an oath to exercise their franchise to choose the best leaders.