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First-time voters to get  discounts: DC

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, March 28, 2014
First Published: 20:22 IST(28/3/2014) | Last Updated: 20:49 IST(28/3/2014)

Deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal on Friday said the first-time voters would get appreciation certificates after they cast their votes, and would also get discounts on movie tickets, eateries and shopping malls.


He was speaking at a meeting convened by election observer Rajesh Jha at the district administration block.

Agarwal said in 2009 around 64.77% voters had cast their votes, adding that this year, there were targeting more than 85% voting. Therefore, the district administration had been holding street plays and music concerts to make people aware about their right of voting.

He said the administration had also been making farmers aware about casting votes, as they would be busy selling produce in grain markets during those days.

During the meeting, Jha asked the the officers of the district administration to reach out to people of all segments of society, including students, first-time voters, labourers, industrialists and club members.

The election observer also asked them to put hoardings and banners on tall buildings of the city, conveying message of importance of casting votes.

He said so that labourers could cast votes, factory owners should close their factory for half day on April 30.

After the meeting, the observer, along with other officers, checked the voter help centre at Suvidha Centre. He also listened to complaints of the visitors.

Earlier in the day, additional district election officer Isha Kalia made calls to the toll-free voter helpline, posing as a resident, to check its functioning.

Kalia made a call to the helpline from her mobile phone number to make a complaint that contestants of the various political parties had pasted posters on the wall of her house. The operator in reply asked her to register a complaint and asked about her address and phone number. As it was a test call, Kalia disconnected the call.

She then made another call and put an enquiry that she wanted to make voter cards of herself and other family members. The operator responded satisfactorily.


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