Vote is a powerful weapon to bring a change in society in a peaceful manner, say ex-servicemen.

They have performed their duties during war as well as peace, and now they have embarked upon a new assignment of inspiring the people to exercise their franchise. The ex-servicemen took out a candle light rally on Monday night urging voters not to succumb to pressures and backhanders.

They vowed to launch a door-to-door campaign to educate voters on elections on the need for exercising the franchise. “Vote is a powerful weapon to bring a change in society in a peaceful manner. It is the duty of every voter to use the weapon wisely and elect the right candidate, and for the overall development of the nation,” the ex-servicemen said.

Ex-servicemen such as P. Nagendra Prasad and Ch. Nageswara Rao recalled that they never missed voting during their life time. The postal ballot was effectively used while in service, they said.

Prakasam District Sainik Welfare Officer Ravi said that Border Security Force personnel have also evinced interest to take part in the SVEEP campaign.

Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Nodal officer B. Ravi and Ongole Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) M.S. Murali were present.

Human chain

A human chain was formed at Church Centre here as part of awareness campaign.