To motivate the eight lakh first-time voters to execute their democratic right without any fear and favour, a postgraduate Visual Communication student of Loyola College, Chennai, J. Vimal, has brought out a voters’ awareness book in Tamil titled Vakkalar Perumakkalae (Revered voters).
The book was released recently in Chennai by former Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu Naresh Gupta and received by Additional Chief Electoral Officer P. Amutha.
Former chief electoral officer Naresh Gupta (right) releasing the book on ‘Voters awareness’ brought out by J. Vimal, a student of Loyola College, Chennai. Additional electoral officer
A resident of Salem and now pursuing M Sc Visual Communication at Loyola College, Vimal told The Hindu that youth alone could usher in a fresh but sweeping changes in the mindset of electorate for which the first time voters, a majority of them students, need to be properly oriented.
The book was released on the premises of Podhigai TV.
Vimal pointed out that the first time voters should be made aware of their responsibilities in a democracy.
The book contained some important details such as the history of elections and Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Voters’ rights, Model Code of Conduct, ills of cash and freebies and names of constituencies.
Vimal asked the voters to be cautious of those who offer money, food and liquor for casting votes. He strongly believed in first time voters who with their total participation in the democratic exercise could bring about a healthy change. He had concluded the book with a call to the youth: “Voting is your right and duty. Go to the field and eradicate the weeds.”
Source: The Hindu