Vote. It is one of the simplest words in the English dictionary, but those four English letters clubbed together hold a world of power. One that is capable of deciding the fate of our country and its inhabitants, for the next five years.
If you are of age, that is 18-years-old or more, and eligible to vote, we cannot stress enough on the importance of your participation in the 2019 General Elections. Every individual with a voter card and a name on the electoral roll is shouldering a crucial responsibility at the moment.
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However, voting only matters if it led by solid awareness and considerations of various permutations and combinations that will benefit the country and its people as a whole. So, be aware of the candidates in consideration, the parties they represent and the ideologies the said parties uphold.
Besides all that, here are 10 things to keep in mind before casting your vote for Lok Sabha elections 2019 that began today.
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1. You will only be allowed to cast your vote with proper photo/voter identification authorised by the government.
2. Polling officers are allowed both inside and outside the polling premises.
3. The Election Commission of India also appoints observers for every polling station. They must always be around.
4. Only the Election Commission of India-appointed media is allowed at the polling venue.
5. Only physically impaired voters who cannot cast their vote independently are allowed to have a help/company inside the booth.
6. Only the Election Commission of India-authorised public service personnel should be on duty.
7. Police officers cannot be present inside the polling booth unless there is a law and order situation in the premises.
8. The Election Commission of India has mandated that 3-4 electors are not allowed inside a polling booth together.
9. Using a mobile phone is prohibited in the polling booth. The Election Commission of India has ordered that officials of duty need to keep their phones on silent mode and step outside the polling station to take/make calls.
10. Voters are also prohibited from carrying arms or any form of liquid with them inside the polling booth.
Every single vote cast is a voice speaking up, every vote cast will decide the state of being of Indian citizens, its economy and growth, defence and the possibility of peace and unity in the years that will follow the results of the election.
So, regardless of where you are, and how cumbersome the journey to your polling booth might seem, it is extremely crucial for each one of us to head out, cast our vote and let our voices be heard.
We hope each one of you eligible voters reading this will head out and cast your vote, and make a choice for a better tomorrow.