11th National Voter's Day observed on Monday in Imphal Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: LM Khaute, the Director-General of Police (DGP) of Manipur, on Monday, stated that the contribution of the voter is essential to maintain the quality of the electoral process.

DGP Khaute was speaking as a chief guest on the 11th National Voter’s Day 2021 organised by the Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy in Imphal under the theme ‘Making our voters empowered, vigilant, safe and informed’.

“Unless the voters are fully involved or aware of the requirements of the value of democracy, the need for having free and fair elections, and the need for expecting the best representatives to govern the country and the state on their behalf, democracy will not be successful in the full sense of the term,” said Khaute.

He lauded the progress achieved by the Election Commission of India which has applied all mechanisms to bolster elections in the country and the state. He further stated that, in the present scenario, we have an adequate mechanism to check all the malpractices and police nodal officer are also deployed to make necessary security arrangements following the guidelines of ECI, flying squads are also deployed.

Newly enrolled voters along with DGP LM Khaute and election officials

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Unlike in the past elections, the ECI has been adding series of modern technology-based applications, he added.

According to the chief electoral officer (CEO) Manipur, PK Singh, ECI would be launching the epic mobile application on January 26, the first such initiative in the country, for a smooth process of electoral information online.

Anybody can download the application on their mobile phone with a registered mobile number. This will ensure that voters issues like details getting lost or storage can be taken care of, said the CEO.

As informed by the CEO, the facility would be given to first-time voters, and by February end onwards, it will be available pan India.

The CEO also shows his appreciation to all the ROs, DEOs, EROs and BLOs for all support they have rendered.

Around 50,000 voters have enrolled as new voters in the state, of which 11 newly enrolled voters were distributed EPIC Cards and badges during the event.

Newly enrolled voter Khuraijam Renta

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Newly enrolled voter Bun Anoubam

“I feel proud and excited that I’ll be getting a chance to vote and also practise for franchise rights for the people and the country,” said Khuraijam Renta, a newly-enrolled voter.

“This will be my first experience to vote, and I have waited for 18 years to vote. I know very little about how the election works and how we elect our leaders. And in this democracy and as a human being, we have every right to vote. I am happy to get this opportunity,” added Bun Anoubam, another newly enrolled voter from Uripok.

During the event, a state icon award was also given to three young icons of the state, namely footballer Ajay Chhetri, Miss Manipur 2018 first-runner-up L Melody Devi and popular queen of universe 2019 M Thoibi Moirangthem.

State awards were also conferred to Neeta Arambam, IAS for Best All Round Performer and EROs of 30-Lilong AC, 27-Moirang & 29 Kumbi ACs, 7- Andro AC, 21- Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, 22- Wangoi, 58- Churachandpur AC, 50- Kangpokpi AC and to 61 BLOs, including (L) Late LH Sheingam.

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