First-time voters pitch for change

Many of first-time voters in the city appeared to be have made well informed decisions before stepping out to exercise their franchise.

Karthick Kannan, 21, who works at a private company in the city voted for the first time after realising a need for change. “I realised that the state of our country will change only if people step out and cast their votes. I was very far from politics but now I want to be the change I want to see,” he said.

While the absence of political apathy among first-time voters is encouraging, their pressing concerns should be addressed, said A Emily. “The youth are the strength and future of this country, they need to encourage the youth to participate in elections by listening to our needs. Increase in jobs, better education facilities and inclusivity is the need of the hour.”

“We are happy at voting for the first time. We had made up our minds on the need for a change. We want an alternative to those who have ruled us for several years, said S. John Paul, a young voter who cast his vote at a polling both at E.R.Higher Secondary School along with his friends S.Bilal Ali, M.Jahir Hussain and A.Mohamed Arif.

Asked about the winnability of such alternative candidates, the youth said time had come to give them a try. “We have to give the opportunity for the alternative to emerge.”

Most first-timers noted that they had not received any training and had resorted to watching videos online to learn how to vote for the first time.

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