Empowering Voter Engagement: Chief Electoral Officer Leads Outreach in Ladakh Ahead of General Elections 2024

In a concerted effort to bolster voter awareness and mobilize participation for the upcoming Lok Sabha election, Chief Electoral Officer Yetindra M. Maralkar embarked on a visit to Sakti Village in the Kharu Sub-Division of Leh on May 16.

The event commenced with a warm welcome from the village Nambardar and Goba, accompanied by lamas from Chemdey Monastery, students from Government Model School, Sakti (Serthi), and residents, who greeted CEO Yetinder Maralkar and officers with traditional khataqs.

Addressing the gathering, CEO Yetinder M. Maralkar emphasized the crucial role of active participation in the electoral process and urged all eligible voters to cast their ballots on May 20. “Every vote shapes the future of our region and nation. I encourage all citizens to exercise their democratic rights responsibly,” he stated.

State SVEEP icon, Phunsok Ladakhi, further motivated the crowd by highlighting the significance of electoral participation through a locally inspired song dedicated to the General Election 2024. Female icon Stanzin Idzes also passionately addressed the crowd, urging voters and youth to ensure a strong turnout on election day.

The SVEEP Ladakh initiative is committed to educating and encouraging voters across the Union Territory of Ladakh to actively engage in the democratic process. The Chief Electoral Officer’s visit to Sakti Village is part of a broader strategy to reach out to remote and rural communities, ensuring comprehensive voter awareness and participation.

Among the attendees were Additional Secretary, Elections, Ladakh, Swaran Singh; State icon Phunsok Ladakhi; female icon Stanzin Idzes; Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kharu, Sonam Dorjey; booth level officers, and other concerned officials.

Simultaneously, a dedicated team from the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Ladakh (SVEEP Ladakh) program, led by State Nodal Officer Dr. Tsewang Morup, and district icon SVEEP Ladakh Stanzin Dorjey Gya, conducted significant outreach initiatives. The team visited prominent monasteries in the region, including Spituk, Phyang, and Likir Monasteries, to raise awareness about voter participation in the upcoming General Elections 2024.

During their visit, the team engaged with key religious and community leaders, including Ven. Gonbo Dorjey, Chakzod of Spituk Monastery, Ven. Rigzin Dorjey, Chakzod of Phyang Monastery, Ven. Lobzang Tsetan, Chakzod of Likir Monastery, and students of Government High School, Likir. Additionally, they met with the nambardar of Phyang (Tsewang Nurboo), the nambardar of Likir (Skarma Jorgyes), and the president of the Women’s Alliance, Likir (Jigmet Choskit).

State Nodal Officer, Ladakh Dr. Tsewang Morup, underscored the importance of every vote in shaping the nation’s future at Phyang Monastery. He urged all venerable monks to educate, inform, and encourage voters in the area to actively participate in the electoral process on the day of the General Elections 2024.

District icon SVEEP Ladakh, Stanzin Dorjey Gya, engaged with voters and urged them to exercise their democratic rights in the forthcoming elections.

The District icon and State Nodal Officer presented Ven. Chakzods of Monasteries, Nambardars, and the president of Women’s Alliance with special tokens of appreciation, including water bottles, SVEEP Ladakh T-shirts, and badges.

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