Vijayawada

When the city ran for democracy

Collector B. Lakshmikantham and others taking part in the ‘Run for Democracy’ in Vijayawada on Saturday.

Collector B. Lakshmikantham and others taking part in the ‘Run for Democracy’ in Vijayawada on Saturday.  

3K run organised to encourage voter enrolment

Collector B. Lakshmikantham, Commissioner of Police Ch. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Commissioner J. Nivas and other bureaucrats came together leading the campaign ‘Run for Democracy’. The three-km run on BRTS Road saw the participation of hundreds of youth, and the winners were given cash prices.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Lakshmikantham said efforts were on to ensure that every eligible person got the right to vote. He said that the 3K was one among the many campaigns to create awareness among teenagers and youth who have eligibility to enrol themselves as a voter.

He said that over 60,000 eligible candidates were yet to enrol as voters in the district and by the end of the month they plan to achieve 100% enrolment.

Mr. Rao emphasised the need for having the right to vote in a democratic country. He said youth could enrol on the Internet without having to visit government offices.

The first, second and third winners of the run were given a cash prize of ₹2,000 each.

Mr. Lakshmikantham gave ₹10,000 to the Mr. Tirumala Rao towards Police Welfare Fund honouring the policemen who took part in the run. All the participants were given certificates of appreciation.

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