Helen Keller had once said that the beauty of a lot of things cannot be expressed
in words, for they need to be felt by the heart. Similar was what I, an intern at
the election commission of India, felt as our commission welcomed its much awaited
esteemed guests for the inaugural dinner of our maiden International Conference
on voter education for inclusive, informed and ethical participation.
The dinner commemorated the start of something which has never been done in the
history of the election commission of India. The grace of hotel Lalit was further
accentuated by the presence of various dignitaries from all over the world, who
were met with a warm welcome by our Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Nazim Zaidi
and other important officials of the Election commission of India. On experiencing
the beautiful synergy created by the mingling of the thoughts and words from across
the borders, one could actually believe that yes, splendor is often hard to be expressed
by a mere wordplay.
Australia talked about its 'Get Voting Program' which is an online platform which
enables students to get literature on voter education and conduct school elections.
USA shared about how it gives the grants to its various schools and colleges to
engage its young students to help them become responsible voters. The audience witnessed
the diverse initiatives taken by India at all levels, in order to ensure that 'No
Voter is Left Behind'.
The session was further enriched by the interactive session with the audience which
threw up some interesting observations and comments.