Islamabad, October 17, 2012 (PPI-OT): I am immensely pleased to know that the Election Commission of Pakistan has declared the 17th of October as the National Voters Day. The day is aimed at spreading awareness among the electorate about the importance of vote.
Voter participation determines the level of credibility that a government that comes into power on the basis of vote enjoys. Vote is an agent of change and the right to vote governments into or out of power rests squarely with the electorate.
It is in this context that enhanced voter participation is a key to strengthening democracy in the country. I strongly believe that it is high time that extraordinary efforts are made to ensure maximum voter participation in the next general elections.
On this occasion, I would like to urge all stakeholders including the federal ministries, provincial departments and the private sector organizations to extend maximum support to the Election Commission of Pakistan in furthering this national cause. I would also ask political parties, media and civil society organizations to step forward and support the ECP in achieving the objective of highest ever voter turnout in Pakistan’s electoral history.
It is a national responsibility that will contribute towards fulfillment of our democratic aspirations and strengthen the system by investing it with enhanced credibility and greater accountability.
It is important that all eligible Pakistanis get their National Identity Cards (NIC) so that they could be enrolled on voters’ list, as it is a mandatory requirement for voter registration and casting of votes. ECP’s inclusive approach to reach out to all eligible Pakistanis – men and women, young and old, minorities, and persons with disabilities – through voter awareness efforts will go a long way in improving our electoral system and encouraging electorate to vote.
I assure the ECP of the government’s full cooperation. I am confident that the observance of National Voters Day will prove to be a big leap forward in leading to a more stable democracy.
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Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
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