SVEEP under way to create awareness

There are 9,01,960 voters in five Assembly constituencies in Chickballapur district for the May 5 elections. The district administration is taking steps to ensure that the elections are free and fair and also peaceful. It has set up 1,169 booths in the district.

Various activities have been taken up under the Systematic Voters Electoral Education Participation (SVEEP) to educate voters on the role of elections in a democracy and to encourage them to exercise their right to vote to make the system vibrant.

According to Deputy Commissioner and District Electoral Officer V. Shankar, among the voters there are 4,45,542 women.

New voters

As many as 39,720 persons enrolled their names from January 16 to April 7, 2013 in the district, Mr. Shankar added.

A notable feature is that the number of voters in Chickballapur constituency is fewer than in all other segments.

The segment-wise break-up of the voter number is: Gowribidanur 1,86,656 (92,224 women); Bagepalli 1,75,847 (87,285 women); Chickballapur 1,76,229 (86,513 women); Sidlaghatta 1,76,854 (87,290 women) and Chintamani 1,86,374 (92,230 women).

As many as 302 polling booths have been identified as sensitive and 217 as hypersensitive booths.

Seminars, streetplays, exhibitions through mobile vehicles, administering the oath to voters and such other activities are being taken up as per the directions of the Election Commission of India, Mr. Shankar said.

Creating awareness among young voters is one of the major activities under SVEEP, he added.

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