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CJI urges voters not to miss voting

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud has urged citizens not to miss the opportunity to vote in the general elections, saying it is one of the “most important duties” in a constitutional democracy. In a video message for the Election Commission’s ‘My Vote My Voice’ mission for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Justice Chandrachud said: “We are citizens of the largest democracy in the world, namely our country. The Constitution gives us many rights as citizens, but it also expects each of us to fulfill the duties incumbent upon us. And one of the most important duties of citizenship is to cast a vote in a constitutional democracy.

“I would like to request all of you not to miss this opportunity to vote responsibly as citizens of our great motherland. Five minutes, every five years for our nation. It is achievable, isn’t it? Let us vote with pride. My vote, my voice,” the CJI said.

Justice Chandrachud said that the citizens have a participatory role in choosing the government and therefore it is said that “this government is a government of the people, by the people and for the people”. He recalled his excitement when he became a first-time voter and stood in line at the polling booth to exercise his right to vote. “The ink on the finger when I vote creates enormous feelings of patriotism and connection with the nation…,” he said.