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Maximum participation of voters: Mizoram CEO holds key meet ahead of Lok Sabha polls

First Published: 29th March, 2024 15:58 IST

The Mizoram CEO underscored the significance of robust participation in the democratic process and expressed concerns over previous instances of low turnout.

Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas today held a crucial meeting aimed at devising strategies to guarantee a substantial voter turnout for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha election.

Addressing the meeting, the CEO underscored the significance of robust participation in the democratic process and expressed concerns over previous instances of low turnout.

Further, the CEO expressed his concern at the discrepancy in voter turnout between Lok Sabha and MLA elections in Mizoram. CEO Madhup Vyas stated that while Mizoram holds the commendable record for one of the highest voter turnouts in terms of Legislative Assembly elections, the voter turnout in Lok Sabha MP election, 2019 was even lower than the national average of 67 %.

The Mizoram CEO insisted that this needs to be addressed in the upcoming election.

Central to the discussions was the recognition of the pivotal role that youth, particularly first-time voters, play in shaping the electoral landscape.

As such, the CEO emphasized the importance of tailoring rigorous awareness campaign at the micro-level, wherein the School Education department, Higher & Technical Education Department as well as the Sports & Youth Services Department will be roped in for the task.

Furthermore, he requested all stakeholders deliberated on the strategic involvement of various governmental bodies and agencies to ensure the success of these endeavours.

Dr. H. Lianzela, the Additional Chief Electoral Officer, James Lalnunmawia, the Joint Chief Electoral Officer, and Lalnunhlua, Director of Sports & Youth Services, Aizawl District Commissioner, Nazuk Kumar, along with R. Lalnunthari and Dr. Lalthansangi Fanai, representing the School Education and Higher & Technical Education Departments respectively, were present in the meeting.

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