Governor PB Acharya. (File Photo)
Kohima, April 10 (MExN): Nagaland State Governor, PB Acharya, has appealed to all citizens, particularly first-time-voters who are above 18 years to “participate in the biggest festival of democracy in the world,” and not “let your vote go waste.”
Terming voting a right and a duty, the Governor stated in a press message today that “In a democracy the elections play the most important role in shaping the destiny by the people and for the people, while exercising their right to franchise. It constitutes the real source of power in the elections as they make their choice and elect only those in whom they have faith. In democracy, voting is your sacred right.”
Voters’ Participation in the democratic and electoral processes is integral to the successful running of any democracy and the very basis of wholesome democratic elections, the Governor maintained.
Further, he stated that the electoral process is “one of the major unifying activities for the Indian citizens.”
The Indian Constitution has laid out the aspiration that “every adult Indian regardless of gender, formal education, socio economic status or location would have a right to vote and every vote would count the same.”
In a democracy, everyone is equal, he added.
Hence, he appealed, “every citizen must ensure that he or she cast vote, as he or she is the one who make the decision of having a good and clean Government. Every vote counts and can make a difference in taking the country to a road of development.”