Bhubaneswar: In order to create awareness among the voters’ ahead of panchayat elections, Odisha Election Watch in collaboration with Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Wednesday launched a massive voters’ awareness campaign “My vote My Village” and “My vote not for sale”.
Many eminent dignitaries, celebrities, young volunteers of NSS, Utkal University and social workers, activists from all over the state gathered at IDCOl Auditorium here on Wednesday.
Speakers on this occasion called for active participation of voters to ensure free, fair and violence-free election. This campaign would create larger voter’s awareness to increase voter’s turn out and promote ethical voting.
Inaugurating the campaign, eminent freedom fighter Bhabani Charan Pattnaik said the country needs dedication and sacrifice and the spirit of nationality need to be inculcated amongst youths.
Maj.Gen Anil Verma, Head of Association for democratic reforms, emphasized that one should not take democracy as granted.
Good people need to be elected to ensure accountability in the governance. For this larger voters awareness is required, said Verma. He also stressed on the inclusion of political parties under Right to Information Act.
Rabindra Nath Sahu, Secretary of State Election Commission, informed that about 2.60 crore voters would elect more than one lakh five thousand representatives in the panchayat elections.
Ananta Ch. Nayak, Additional CEO said that the voters have an important responsibility to elect appropriate candidates.