More than 1,000 voters are expected to take a pledge to cast their vote on April 30 - the day Punjab goes to polls - at a ‘Run for Vote’ marathon to be held on Sunday.
The oath is a part of the administration’s effort to ensure impressive voters’ turnout in the district, especially in those areas which saw poor turnout in the previous Lok Sabha polls.
Togged in T-shirts, especially prepared for the marathon, and bearing slogans like ‘Mere Desh De Naujawano, Apne Vote De Hakk Nu Pehchhaano’ (the youth of my country, acknowledge your right to vote) and caps inscribed with ‘Tuhadi vote, Tuhadi aawaaz’ (your vote, your voice), the youth among the runners, would take oath to exercise their franchise.
The district administration, meanwhile, has planned to reward the first-time voters with fare discounts and appreciation letters.
The marathon would start from Ram Bagh garden and pass through Crystal Chowk, Bhandari Bridge, Aanaam Cinema, Virsa Vihar, before culminating at Guru Nanak Stadium.
Performance by a police band will be one of the highlights on the occasion, which will also see the release of a video song prepared by the district administration to sensitise voters about their voting right.
“The song, which is rendered by singer Harinder Sohal, features dance performances by students of BBK DAV College
or Women, Amritsar. The video will be showcased in rural areas and cinema halls to motivate the voters to exercise their franchise,”said Ravi Bhagat, district election officer-cum-deputy commissioner.
“The focus is mainly on the first-time voters comprising mainly college students, though the oath is intended at encouraging the voters of all ages to exercise their franchise,”said Bhagat.
He said VS Sampat, Chief Election Commissioner of India and divisional commissioner, Jalandhar, are among other prominent figures who are expected to lead the marathon.
Meanwhile, office bearers and members of Mission Aagaaz, an NGO dealing mainly with environmental issues, have urged the first-time voters to be a part of the electoral process and to contribute in forming the government of the world’s largest democracy.
“We also appeal to the voters of all sections to exercise their franchise judiciously and give their mandate without any allurement and bias. This appeal is being made under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) scheme of the district administration,” said Deepak Babbar, director, Mission Aagaaz.