Karmanghat: “I’m proud to vote. I’m voting for a better tomorrow. I’m happy that I was given a chance to decide the future,” said Prudvi, a student of TKR College of Engineering and Technology. “First time voting is a really good experience, but standing in the long line is boring. As it was my first time, I didn’t know how to go about. There was no one to guide us,” said Amulya, a B-tech student.
First-time voters an excited lot
“Every youngster should use their vote for the development of the state. We all should know who can give us good future with proper education and job opportunities. Together, the youth of the state should decide their future. Everyone should come forward to vote. A vote will decide our future for the coming five years,” she added.
Vikram, a software engineer, along with his wife, visited the government primary school at Karmanghat to cast his vote, and by the time he waded his way through the labyrinth lanes to finally reach the booth, he was exhausted and thirsty. He said, “There was neither water nor any volunteers to guide us.” Similarly, another voter KV Ram too was seen fretting to find his name in the list. To his dismay, he was told that his vote was missing. People were disappointed with the lack of facilities.
“We were standing in the queue for a long time and even water was not provided to us. The volunteers were conspicuous by their absence. After standing in a queue for a long time, we were informed that serial number paper is also mandatory, along with the voter card. We had to go back to collect the paper,” said a voter. “Arrangements were good in the previous election. This time, facilities were disappointing. There are no proper facilities for the senior citizens. It took so much time for us to complete voting,” said a senior citizen. Some voters said that their names were missing in the list. They are disappointed because they couldn’t vote. On the other hand, some voters said that their names were in two constituencies, and that they were confused as to where to vote.
BY Kavya Reddy