State Election Commissioner JS Saharia said that the motivational efforts by the industrialists, corporate houses and the businessmen could help increasing the voting percentage and registration of the voters in future.
He said that apart from the special holidays, concessions by the employers, the awards to the societies registering highest voting and concessions on food by restaurants are some of the major decisions that can be taken during the BMC elections in the city.
Saharia, who was speaking at interactive meeting organized by the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) on ‘Voters Awareness Campaign’, said that since laws do not allow to make the voting compulsory, the motivational ways would help in bringing in electoral reforms.
“The voting percentage in the last three BMC elections has ranged between 45 and 55% which is poor for a city that boasts to be the intellectual and financial capital of the country. To change the scenario in the upcoming BMC election in early 2017, various sectors of the society should join hands. IMC should put in efforts by making its members to encourage the employees and other stake holders to come out and vote,” he said.
Saharia said that the Commission has got several such recommendations from various organisations working in the field of the electoral reforms during their brainstorming sessions in last few months. He said that cooperative housing societies, too, are needed to encourage to vote and register their members as voters in large numbers.
Shailesh Vaidya, former president of IMC, said that they are deliberating on various measures to be undertaken by their members and the bodies working under them.
Members of IMC and the guest present for the interaction session recommended few measures to be taken by the commission.