We used our right! Now it will bear fruits…
We celebrated one of the biggest festivals ‘The Election Day’ on April 23. A lot of people waited for this day especially some of the first time voters and first time eligible voters. It’s their first time and with a spark in their eyes they share their experience on voting with Café.
A lot of arrangements made by the Election Commission Office and Election Icons have received positive feedback. A lot of youngsters seemed really interested in voting because of the ways that the right to vote was promoted.
Pranali Mantri Don Bosco Student says, “As a first time voter I was nervous and excited, but I was happy to see the arrangements made at the polling station. The police controlled the traffic as well as the voting procedure in a well manner. The EVM’s took time to beep after voting and so it was confusing whether the vote is counted or no. I was proud of using my right wisely and taking a step towards making our country beautiful.”
Eligible earlier, but voted now Many first time voters, though young felt mature and responsible citizens. They share their thoughts on how this election has been for them. “Wow! 1st time I have cast my vote...I felt that I have become a responsible citizen...And I hope that I have voted a dedicated and a hardworking candidate who will work for the development of our country and will cater the needs of the people,” states Rochelle D’Silva from Ambelim. Another girl Sheena Cecilia Pereira Student from Bicholim who feels proud says, “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have and for youth it is important to know that voting is a crucial, meaningful way to express yourself and support the issues you care about. That’s why it gives me immense joy that I cast my vote.” “Finally!” exclaims Jevisha Dias Devmoll Student from Quepem. “I cast my vote and now I’m only hoping for a better future. It was an exciting experience for me as it was the first time I cast my vote waiting in a queue for almost an hour, but who cares, I was responsible and did my job well,” she adds. And they voted again!
Simona Almeida Student at School of architecture voted for the second time and she felt more confident this time. “This is the second time I will be voted and honestly I have the same happiness as the first time. This whole day is so special to me, it’s like the whole nation depends on me. Having voted the last time at St Michaels, I wasn’t nervous this time,” she says. Mehmuda Hussain student from Dempe College is a second time voter and she praised the election office for all their efforts as this time’s facilities were much taken care of then he last time. “I think this year it was much better and convenient, they even came to schools and colleges teaching us how o use the EVM and wait till the slip shows. I think India is improving in various ways,” she says proudly. Speaking to more first time voters, some youth actually revealed that few of their friends travelled from abroad to come for this day and vote. Many youngsters also thanked the election icons for teaching them to use the EVM machine and inspiring hem to vote. The youth along with others await the results of their votes.
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