Identity cards for newly-enrolled electors distributed
: To mark the National Voters' Day and in an attempt to raise an awareness of the importance of voting, school students across the district formed a human chain here on Tuesday.
It was formed from the Corporation buildings to V.O.C. College on Tuticorin-Palayamkottai road.
The campaigners, who carried placards highlighting the importance of casting vote, also took out a rally, which commenced from the corporation office and proceeded to Victoria Girls School.
A programme was also organised by the officials of District Election Office thereafter. While presiding over, Collector C.N. Maheswaran appealed to all participants to spread awareness of voting rights among public. All people with age of 18 years and above should mandatorily enrol themselves in the electoral roll for voting, he added.
Voter identity cards for the newly enrolled electors were given. A total of 34,612 people in the district enrolled in the final electoral roll, additionally. They could get their identity cards from the booths in their blocks. D. Ravichandran, District Revenue Officer, Sajjansingh R. Chavan, Sub-Collector, N. Samuel, Tahsildar (Election), corporation authorities and school officials were present.
Collector Rajendra Ratnoo has appealed to youngsters to enrol their names in the voter list, as it is mandatory.
Flagging off the National Voters' Day awareness rally here on Tuesday, he said that the aim of observing the day was to encourage youngsters, as they were the pillars of the country.
Unfortunately 1.18 lakh youth in the 18-25 age group were yet to enrol their names in the district. Hence, they should voluntarily register their names. The Collector distributed voter identity cards to new voters in the college. Revenue Divisional Officer (Nagercoil) Rajendran, Coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra Senthil Kumar, Principal (in-charge), Krishnamurthy and other officials participated in the seminar.
The National Voters' Day was also observed in Tirunelveli. After administering an oath on exercising the franchise in all elections, Collector M. Jayaraman flagged off a procession at Maharaja Nagar traffic island, which reached Centenary Hall via the Farmers' Market, A.R. Line Road and South Bazaar. Besides, students from a couple of colleges and schools, government officials and self-help group members also participated in the rally.
The processionists carried placards which read ‘Voting is democratic right and duty,' ‘Voting is foremost obligation,' ‘Voters' Identity Card is a must' etc. Mayor A.L. Subramanian, Deputy Mayor K. Muthuramalingam, Divisional Revenue Officer, Tirunelveli, Raja Kirubhakaran, City Engineer, Tirunelveli Corporation, K.P. Jai Xavier and District Public Relations Officer U. Ravindran participated in the rally.