Govt schools to issue voter ID cards for students, sensitise themUpdated: Oct 05, 2017 19:56 IST
To encourage youngsters to vote once they attain the voting age, government-run schools will issue voter ID cards of students, according to a directive issued by the state directorate of secondary education.
“The objective is to maximize the voting percentage in elections,” said state director of secondary education Nathmal Didel.
“We want the students to be acquainted with their voting rights and make them aware of the importance of casting votes besides familarising them with the election process among others.”
A large number of students in classes 11 and 12 have either turned 18 or are approaching the voting age, he said.
Most students enrolling in Class 1 are above six years of age while there are others who take admission late, some waste a year or two due to detention or dropout of schools and as a consequence, a large number of students attain the voting age while in school, said Didel.
The responsibility of making voter ID cards for students has been entrusted to the booth level officer (BLO) in each school. The BLOs, most of who are school teachers, are appointed by the state election commission and are responsible for updating of voter list in their area.
The voter ID cards of students will be made twice a year, in January and July. The ID cards will be distributed to students at a school level ceremony.
The BLOs have also been appointed as the nodal officers of the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation.
Apart from making the voter ID of students, the BLOs will also be responsible for educating students about the electoral process.
In addition to the nodal officers, five students from each school, preferably cadets of National Cadet Corps and will assist the officer.
The election commission has sought the details of the number of schools, the locations, number of students enrolled in each school among others from the directorate.
The schedule for the sensitisation programmes to be conducted in the schools will be given by the election commission, Didel said.
First Published: Oct 05, 2017 19:56 IST