Following suit by Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur districts, the Jalandhar district administration is going to launch a voting awareness drive through social networking site Facebook.
To reach out to the youth and enroll more voters, district electoral officer-cum-deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said they would start a campaign to woo young voters by launching a Facebook page titled ‘Wake up Jalandhar’.
Roojam said the page would be launched in two days to involve greater number of people in the voting process and also encourage ethical means of voting.
“We will carry a campaign on internet to fill the gaps between various age groups and maximise the voter turnout. This kind of engagement through social media will contribute in addressing issues in three areas— information, motivation and facilitation,” Roojam said.
He said the page would focus on solving problems and answering queries of voters, especially the first-time voters.
“The page will also inform the voters about poll-related activities besides addressing complaints and answering queries,” he added.
There will also be discussions to make people active participants in the democratic process, he said.
“We will deploy IT officials to update the information on a daily basis. I will keep tabs on this and answer certain doubts,” he said He said people could also suggest and share their views, if any, to enable the administration conduct the elections in a fair and free manner.
Earlier, Nawanshahr district electoral officer Aninditta Mitra also launched a special page facebook.com/oursbsnagar.
Mitra urged the young voters to share their views about their participation in the electoral process.
Hoshiarpur deputy commissioner has also formed a ‘WhatsApp’ group of assistant returning officers (AROs) of the district to discuss electionrelated issues.