New Gurgaon residents have so far been notorious when it comes to going out to vote. In 2004, New Gurgaon including DLF City and Sushant Lok witnessed a low turnout of 18-24%. It showed little improvement in 2009 with just 40-43% people voting.
This time, however, the residents are going all out to shed the image. It almost seems that the people have pledged to come out and vote for a change.
Few weeks ago, the residents held an interactive session with candidates of major parties at the Hamilton Court in DLF Phase 4. Here residents delved on working towards bringing a change in the system, and they wanted to start with going out to vote.
Sushant Lok II resident Manasi Kapoor said, “I did not vote last year as I thought it is a futile exercise and nothing happens once the elections are over. However, this time, I realised that the people are becoming more responsible and want to elect a representative who they think is right.
We are interested to know who will come next. I will definitely vote and encourage others in my colony to do the same,” she said.
Returning Officer of Badshahpur, Pushpinder Singh Chauhan confirmed that there had been a spurt in voter registration from this region. “There has been a marked increase in voter registration from the residential areas since last year,” he said.
A resident of DLF 5, Kunj Vashishth said, “We will definitely vote this time, since we want to get rid of the corruption and demand a change. It’s time we decided who governs us. The mindset of the middle class being ‘reluctant voters’ will certainly change this time.”
Returning officer of Badshahpur, Pushpinder Singh Chauhan confirmed that there had been a spurt in voter registration from this region. “There has been a marked increase in voter registration from the residential areas last year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Haryana chief electoral of ficer, Shrikant Walgad on Wednesday urged the people to cast their votes as it was their social and moral responsibility.
The administration as well as MNCs have also taken steps to encourage voters exercise their right to vote in the Millennium City.
The election day, April 10, has been officially declared as a public holiday in the National Capital Region to facilitate maximum voter turnout.
Many MNCs are offering incentives to employees if they show the indelible ink on their fingernail.