To boost turnout, EC to send special letters to all voters
Are you one of those who avoid casting votes in elections and are waiting for the election commission to send you a special invite? Well, your wish is going to be fulfilled. HT reports.delhi Updated: Mar 03, 2012 01:17 IST
Are you one of those who avoid casting votes in elections and are waiting for the election commission to send you a special invite? Well, your wish is going to be fulfilled.
To make people come out and vote, the state election commission has decided to send a special letter to each registered voter in the Capital. The letter, with details such as the electoral number, the name and number of municipal ward, the polling centre and booth number, will be sent to the voter a week before the election.
Delhi state election commissioner Rakesh Mehta said booth-level officers (BLO) will be tasked with the responsibility of delivering the letters. “We will prepare the letters at the headquarters. The BLOs will be handed over the letters a few days before voting. They will individually deliver the letter at each address,” Mehta said.Last municipal election in 2007 had witnessed a mere 42.78% voter turnout. Though more than 57% had cast their votes in the 2008 Assembly elections, election officers feel Delhiites do not take municipal elections seriously and there is an urgent need to create awareness among them.
More than 1.12 crore voters are registered for the upcoming municipal elections.
The low voter turnout in the past three municipal elections has prompted the state election commission to look for new ways of reaching out to masses. In the upcoming elections, the commission will target the youth to ensure a better turnout.
It is also planning to organise marathons, seminars, nature walks and general awareness campaigns to ensure better participation of people.
"We want to ensure that people understand the importance of their vote and use it judiciously. We have chalked out an awareness campaign which will start soon in the city," said Mehta.