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.