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Poll officials to circulate appeal letters exhorting people to cast votes

District election officers in Punjab will circulate appeal letters among city voters not to treat April 30, the voting day, as a holiday and step out of their homes to cast their votes in a large number.

punjab Updated: Apr 11, 2014 19:06 IST
Neha Arora

District election officers in Punjab will circulate appeal letters among city voters not to treat April 30, the voting day, as a holiday and step out of their homes to cast their votes in a large number.

Additional chief electoral officer B Purushartha said all district election officers had been directed to send appeal letters along with voter slips which would be distributed a few days before the polling day.

District election officer-cum-deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said people would be provided with voter slips along with appeal letters after April 24 at their homes wherein we would appeal them to go to their polling stations and cast their vote.

"The district election officer appeals you to you're your vote fearlessly without being influenced by considerations of religion, race, caste, community, language or any inducement," the letter reads.

"We have also posted letters to the members of Gymkhana Club as it has been found that urban voters come out of their homes in less numbers to cast their votes. We are targeting them this time," Roojam said.

To make voting a pleasant experience, NCC cadets will escort the voters to the polling booths.

"NCC and NSS cadets from various colleges have been trained to assemble at model polling booths to welcome the voters and guide or help them, if needed. The volunteers will also help the handicapped and senior citizens to make them reach the booths without any hassle," he added.

The district administration will also provide free caps, t-shirts, pens and balls to the youth, especially the first-time voters.

"We have tied up with a local sports goods manufacturer to provide us pens and cricket and tennis balls to gift to the first-time voters to come out in large numbers," Roojam said.