New Delhi, January 25
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday said the right to vote must be respected, noting that people around the world had struggled a lot to earn this right.
It is the responsibility of all of us, especially our youth, who get the right to vote for the first time, to exercise their franchise with utmost sincerity. – Ram Nath Kovind, President
Addressing a function organised by the Election Commission of India to mark the 11th National Voters’ Day Celebrations, Kovind said even in America, which was known to be one of the leading democracies in the world, people had to undertake decades of struggle to get the voting right and in United Kingdom, women got it after a long fight.
“The condition was similar in India before Independence. But after India earned its freedom, anyone of 21 years of age or above was allowed to vote which was later reduced to 18,” he said. “The right to vote is not a simple right. People around the world have struggled a lot for this,” Kovind said. — TNS