Over two lakh first-time voters added a ‘new chapter’ to their lives on Wednesday as they cast their maiden votes with exuberance.
Youngsters show their inked finger after casting their vote at a polling booth in Dehradun. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
While celebrating their first date with the democratic set up, a large section of youngsters made independent and informed choices while some confessed to go on ‘family lines’.
Majority of the debutant voters the Hindustan Times interacted with confessed how they had undertaken conscious efforts to know about the credentials of candidates before making their choices.
Tashi and Nungshi Malik, state icons and brand ambassadors for spreading voter awareness in Uttarakhand, cast their first votes after an intensive profiling of all candidates.
“We are super elated on having worn the ink of pride on our fingers. We made sure to vote for the right person after properly scrutinising the merit of all candidates,” said the young mountaineers who became the first twin sisters in the world to climb the Mount Everest in 2013.
“I made sure to read about all the candidates in regional newspapers,” economics student Vineeta Negi said. Her friend, Anita Chauhan, a graduation first year student, added, “Some friends asked me to vote for a particular candidate but I voted only for the one whom I found to be the best choice based on my judgement.”
Proudly wearing the indigo mark on her index finger, engineering student Shabnam (19) said that she had scouted on the internet vigorously before deciding on her vote’s recipient. “I wanted to vote only for that (candidate) who deserves my support,” she said.
While a large number of youngsters made independent and informed choices, there were many who followed their family’s opinion. “I voted for a candidate backed up by my family,” said Pawan Kashyap.