News18 Tamil Nadu's 'My Vote My Right' campaign garners record participation from first-time voters

News18 Tamil Nadu's 'My Vote My Right' campaign garners record participation from first-time voters

The initiative aimed to empower first-time voters to engage in the democratic process.

News18 Tamil Nadu

Mumbai: News18 Tamil Nadu has successfully concluded its 'My Vote My Right' campaign with record participation from over five lakh first-time voters. The initiative was aimed to empower and encourage first-time voters to actively engage in the democratic process. Spanning 40 days, the campaign covered 40 Lok Sabha constituencies across Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

The primary objective of the 'My Vote My Right' campaign was to educate and inspire individuals about the significance of voting, encouraging them to pledge their commitment to exercising their democratic rights. Surpassing all expectations, the campaign received an overwhelming response, with a total of 5,30,440 students taking a pledge to vote. The signatories belonged to 160 colleges along the length and breadth of the state.

News18 Tamil Nadu editor S. Karthigaichelvan handed over the documents signed by students to the Election Commission, symbolising the dedication of first-time voters to actively participate in shaping the future of their nation.

The grand finale of the campaign, held on 12 April was graced by esteemed guests including Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu Satyabrata Sahoo, Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation J. Radhakrishnan IAS, and acclaimed actor Vishal.

Speaking at the event, chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo commended News18 Tamil Nadu for its efforts. He said, "I am delighted to announce that, for the first time in the 2024 General Elections, we have witnessed 11 lakh first-time voters in the 18 to 19 age category. News18 Tamil Nadu's achievement of garnering more than 5 lakh signatures from first-time voters is truly monumental."

Youth icon and popular actor Vishal complimented News18 team for their efforts and urged the students to actively participate in the electoral process on 19 April, emphasizing the importance of their voices in shaping the future of Tamil Nadu.