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Poll turnout in Kalka assembly up by 9.3%, in P’kula by 8.6%

In a stupendous success of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Programme of election commission, the poll percentage in Kalka assembly constituency jumped by 9.33 % in 2014 to 71.3 %.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 12, 2014 10:04 IST
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In a stupendous success of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Programme of election commission, the poll percentage in Kalka assembly constituency jumped by 9.33 % in 2014 to 71.3 %.

In 2009 parliamentary elections, it was 61.8 %. Similarly, in Panchkula assembly constituency, the poll percentage this year was 66.34 % while in 2009 it was 57.7 %. So, here it jumped by 8.64 %.

Both Kalka and Panchkula assembly constituencies are part of Ambala Lok Sabha seat. Additional deputy commissioner SP Arora, nodal officer for SVEEP, said, “Since I was given the responsibility of SVEEP, I started working on it. We initiated from colleges to target the young voters. For villages, we utilised the services of block development panchayat officers, panchayats and even patwaris in spreading awareness. We organised competitions, including a slogan-writing contest on voting. Nehru Yuva Kendras were roped in. Mansa Devi festival was utilized to raise awareness as banners and hoardings to motivate people to vote were put up.”

Arora added, “Hotels and restaurants were motivated to give discount to voters and especially first time voters. Then cinema hall owners and cable operators ran the ticker motivating people to vote.”
In 2009, Neechli Chowki and Uparli Chwoki boycotted the polls over absence of metalled road. Only three votes were recorded.

“We have targeted the polling stations where voting was less. We talked to the sarpanches and the result is before you,”Arora said. There was 78.66 % polling in Neechli Chowki and Uparli Chowki this time. Gumthala village, which is even farther than Chowki and lack basic amenities, had a poll percentage at 77.78 %. The only sore point was Tikkar where 773 voters boycotted polls over a metalled road and also that no Lok Sabha candidate visited them.

“The whole Morni sub-division of which Tikkar is part of is underdeveloped due to defunct Shiwalik Development Board. The government must do efforts to provide roads and water in Morni,”said Vijay Bansal, president of Shiwalik Vikas Manch (NGO).Also, Sectors 6 and 7 recorded least reporting in the entire district.