INDIA ELECTIONS 2019
HUGGS students who voted in India's national elections: fingers marked!
Eligible HUGGS students and staff joined voters in Vizag in the first stage of India’s parliamentary elections on April 11. Nine hundred million Indian citizens are voting for their national leaders. Because of the large number of voters, the voting takes place in seven phases, from April 11 to May 19. Results will be declared on May 23. Based on the age requirement, 18 years or older, some HUGGS students and all staff are eligible to vote.
Across 543 constituencies, Indian citizens are voting in their representatives (MPs, i.e., Members of Parliament) to the Lok Sabha, or House of Commons. The two main political parties in the 2019 elections are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is currently in power, and the Indian National Congress (Congress Party), which was the pioneering party at the time of independence and which was in power for 49 of 72 years. India is the world’s largest democracy, which was constituted in 1947 after the country gained independence from British rule. The parliamentary system of government has led the country through stages of growth and development that established India as a potential global leader. For more information, you can look up:
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HUGGS Canada is a registered Canadian charity, empowering youth through education in South East India. HUGGS focuses on promising young people who have the ability to excel in education, but are without the resources to study beyond Grade 10.
Thanks to our generous donors, we sponsor young people in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), to complete their secondary and post-secondary education. Students are selected based on financial need, academic ability and family encouragement.
Today more than 30 HUGGS graduates are working in their communities in careers including nursing, teaching, engineering, finance and computing.
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