Lok Sabha Election 2019! Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon crores of young voters to exercise their democratic right in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in record numbers. India is going to elect a new federal government in the next three months in a seven phase election and the results will be announced on May 23.
“The festival of democracy, elections are here,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet immediately after chief election commissioner Sunil Arora announced the Lok Sabha Election Schedule from Vigyan Bhawan in capital New Delhi.
“I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout,” said Prime Minister Modi urging the fellow countrymen to vote in large numbers.
Given the importance of young and first time voters in his historic win last time, Prime Minister urged them to vote in large numbers.
“I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers,” said the Prime Minster.
The festival of democracy, Elections are here.
I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout.
I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 10, 2019
According to the latest data of Election Commission of India, more than 2.6 crore young voters in the age group of 18-20 years have registered with the commission and more than half of them are in the age group of 18-19 years. This large chunk of voters is extremely important for any political party.
BJP has already started campaigns to connect with this politically crucial set of voters which is technology savvy. India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 members in the Lok Sabha, has over 45 lakh first time voters and BJP has already run Young Voters’ Campaign through its youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). Other parties in the states have also stepped up their efforts to connect with young voters.
Prime Minister’s appeal to people of the country is important as India has historically low voter turn out in the Lok Sabha elections. Nearly 40% electorates eligible to cast their votes don’t exercise their democratic right. The last general election in 2014 was an exception with a record turn out of voters when more than two third of total voters excercised their democratic right. In 2009, the voter turn out was less than 60% and in 2004 it was little over 58%.