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India Embarks on Democratic Journey with Phase I of General Elections

New Delhi: India’s vibrant democracy sprang to life today as voters across the nation queued up at polling stations to cast their ballots in the first phase of the General Elections. The largest democracy in the world witnessed a kaleidoscope of colours and festivities as citizens exercised their fundamental right to vote.

In a testament to the indomitable spirit of democracy, voters braved the elements and long queues to participate in the electoral process. From the picturesque landscapes of Uddhampur in Jammu and Kashmir to the serene valleys of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, citizens turned out in large numbers, eager to make their voices heard.

As polling commenced simultaneously across 102 Parliamentary Constituencies and 92 Assembly Constituencies in the North-Eastern states, reports of substantial voter turnout poured in from various States and Union Territories. Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the electoral machinery ensured smooth and peaceful conduct of the polls.

Under the meticulous leadership of the Election Commission, led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioners Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, preparations for the elections have been thorough and unyielding.

The polling stations transformed into vibrant hubs of democracy, with voters of all ages and backgrounds converging to fulfill their civic duty. From enthusiastic youths to wise elders, newlyweds to tribals, each voter added their unique imprint to the electoral festivities.

Amidst the festive atmosphere, heartening stories of determination and resolve emerged. In Kurung Kumey District of Arunachal Pradesh, an elderly voter exemplified the spirit of democracy by choosing to cast her vote at the polling station despite having the option to vote from home.

First-time voters, adorned in traditional attire, proudly displayed their inked fingers after casting their votes, symbolizing their participation in shaping the nation’s future. Newly-married couples also joined in the electoral celebrations, sharing selfies with their ink-marked fingers on social media platforms.

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