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EC in Punjab holds candle light march to encourage youths to vote
The election commission of India organized a candle light march in Amritsar to create awareness among the mass to exercise their right to vote during the world's largest elections. Many youngsters, majority of whom were first time voters, lit a candle each as a sort of pledge to cast a vote on 30 April, when Punjab goes to polls in single phase voting.
Deputy commissioner cum district electoral officer, Ravi Bhagat said that, the act of lighting candle means that the youngsters are aware of their duty to caste their ballet. He said that the candle light marches are often held as mark of protest, but for the first time this method is being used in a positive manner for a national cause.

"We have been carrying out a voter awareness programme since a month in the city and this is the final day of the programme. We have lit candles here to ensure that every voter practices his/her right and cast their vote. They should remember the significance of their right to vote and the change the country's electorate can make. But this programme mainly aims to reach out to 37000 youth to make sure that they do cast their vote on the voting day," said Bhagat.

Meanwhile deputy commissioner of income tax department, Dr. Tarundeep Kaur who was present at the event, thanked all the participants for their effort and urged the citizens to come out in huge numbers in polling day to contribute the formation of new national government.

"Today, we carried out the candle light ceremony under the programme 'Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP)' which has been organized by Election Commission of India. Through this ceremony we want to tell the people to come out in huge numbers on April 30, the polling day, without any kind of allurement or fear and cast their vote to select a good candidate," said Kaur.

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