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SAS Nagar to use social media, apps to enrol young voters

To ensure maximum enrolment of young voters for upcoming assembly elections, district authorities SAS Nagar will use social media--- Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to reach out to young voters.

punjab Updated: Oct 02, 2016 12:41 IST
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To ensure maximum enrolment of young voters for upcoming assembly elections, district authorities SAS Nagar will use social media--- Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to reach out to young voters.

Under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) authorities are reaching out to youngsters to get enrolled as voters.

Total population of the district is 7,21,312, while youngsters in the age group of 18-19 years is 39,900 but only 1,984 youngsters in this age group have enrolled as voters.

“We already have a Facebook page, a Twitter account and are using WhatsApp to educate the youngsters and get them enrolled as voters by October 7. We have also made all the forms online so that the young voters can get registered online. It is easier to reach out to the youngsters through social media,” said Nayan Bhullar assistant commissioner, (grievance cell), SAS Nagar, who is the nodal officer SVEEP.

Campus ambassadors under SVEEP programme have been appointed in all 25 colleges, who are to reach and educate them to get their votes made by January 1, 2017.

The programme will also reach out to government schools, letters have been issued to ensure voter registration of eligible students and also special information material by the Election Commission is to be shared with students.

The authorities have also shared copies of various schemes for students and have directed schools to share the Punjabi translated version with students in the morning assembly.

Bhullar said, “Our target is to ensure that all youngsters in the district who are 18 as on January 1, 2017, should be registered as voters. The SVEEP campaign for the purpose is on till October 7.”