Mizoram’s ‘Young Voters’ Festival’ to encourage youth participation in the Assembly polls

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With the November 7 assembly polls in Mizoram fast approaching, district administrations in Mizoram are organizing ‘Young Voters’ Festival’ to motivate the youth of the state to participate actively in the November 7 assembly polls in Mizoram.

These festivals will be held for two to three days in each of the 11 districts in Mizoram, organized by local authorities in association with various organizations.

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The Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) program is highlighting these festivals, aiming to encourage all citizens above the age of 18 to exercise their voting rights.

Pu Lalrinsanga Hnamte, the Election Officer emphasized the importance of voting in a democratic nation. He commended the festival’s organizers for inspiring and encouraging young voters, many of whom will be voting for the first time.

The Election Commission is providing special facilities for elderly citizens and individuals with special needs to ensure they can cast their votes.

The festival features various activities and contests over the three days, including extempore speech, quiz, declamation contest, reels making contest, selfie contest, hashtag campaign, signature campaign, flyer making contest, on-the-spot essay writing contest, on-the-spot slogan writing contest, and on-the-spot painting competition.

Election officials are urging people, especially new voters, to enjoy the festival, vote, and encourage their friends and families to do the same.

The inaugural program was held at Government Serchhip College, chaired by the Serchhip Government College Principal, Pu C. Laldintluanga, with the Student Union Vice President, Benjamin C. Lalrinawma, proposing the vote of thanks.

Mizoram has a total of 8,51,895 eligible voters, including 50,611 young voters (age 18-19), 8,490 senior citizen voters (age 80+), and 3,243 Persons with Disability (PwD) electors.

In previous elections in Mizoram, over 80 percent of voters have cast their votes, with 80.82 percent of 6,90,860 voters participating in the 2013 Assembly polls and 80.03 percent of 7,74,757 voters participating in the 2018 elections.

As the ‘Young Voters’ Festivals’ continue to engage the youth of Mizoram, there is optimism that this surge in enthusiasm will translate into high voter turnout and a more engaged participation during the upcoming assembly elections.

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