Updated: November 9, 2017 10:07:10 pm
Ahmedabad city collector Avantika Singh launched a ‘vote anthem’ on Thursday at the Gujarat University hall. Addressing the students present at the gathering, the collector spoke about the importance of voting. “You are the youth and you have a responsibility to make sure that everyone around you also votes. All the first time voters do remember that it is not a holiday. It is a day to vote. All you first time voters are brand ambassadors for democracy. So make sure you all vote,” said Avantika to a deafening applause.
Talking about the importance of the physically challenged and their vote the collector said, “They are an important part of our society. We often see disabled voters more motivated to vote than able bodied people. So while our campaign encourages the disable we are also working hard to ensure that the youngsters vote,” said Avantika.
“These are first time voters and full of energy. They are the ambassadors of democracy and they will also ensure that others in their families and neighborhood vote. The anthem is created to draw their attention and remind them about voting. We are also reaching out to the youngsters on the social media through various ways. Radio as a medium is very popular with the youngsters and selecting a popular RJ from a radio station is something that we have been doing for a long time now,” Singh said in a telephonic conversation with the reporter of The Indian Express.
“We also visit old age homes in the city and tell them about voting. We are conducting various sessions at the Blind People’s Association.We want to make sure that everyone in Ahmedabad ensure that they exercise their right to vote,” added Singh.
The collector launched an anthem called ‘Karo Vaat thi Vote’ (vote with pride) which will be played on a local radio channel. The anthem is sung by popular Gujarati folk singer Aditya Gadhvi. The song urges youngsters to make sure they vote and understand the process of democracy.
Gujarat will witness a two phase polling which will take place on December 9 and December 14. In Phase 1, 19 districts will go to polls. The districts include, Kutch, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Kota and Valsad, among others. In Phase 2, 14 districts will go to polls on December 14, Ahmedabad being one of them. The counting will take place on December 18.
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