All-out efforts on to make citizens register for voting

There seems to be an all-out effort to woo citizens to include their names in the voters’ list ahead of the Assembly polls on May 5. The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has roped in non-governmental organisations, thousands of accredited social health activists (ASHA), volunteers of National Service Scheme, Nehru Yuva Kendra, National Cadet Corps, resident welfare associations and Lions Clubs in the exercise.

April 7 is the last day for inclusion of names on the electoral rolls.

The CEO’s office issued directions to all Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all zilla panchayats, who are also chairman/chairperson of the 13-member district-level Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) plan, to disseminate information to include eligible candidates’ names in the electoral roll and correct names in the list.

The Election Commission of India (EC), in its meeting held on March 2, has instructed district administrations to prepare a comprehensive plan of action for SVEEP activities till the polling day.

All India Radio, cinemas, mobile media vans, folk media, civil organisations, and print media would be extensively utilised to achieve 100 per cent electoral registration. About 66 per cent of the State’s population is above 18 years of age in the State, which is a healthy trend, officials at the CEO’s office told The Hindu on Tuesday.

Eligible voters can file applications for inclusion/deletion/correction of names in the voters’ list at the voter facilitation centres.

Publicity events

The district administration has been instructed to implement publicity programmes in coordination with other departments. The programmes, including staging street plays, puppet and magic shows, holding walkathon and cycle rallies, have been planned in rural areas. Posters and billboards would be displayed at prominent places.

The CEO roped in three Kannada film stars — Puneeth Rajkumar, Ramesh Arvind and Anidrita Ray — to enlighten the youth on the need to include their names in the electoral roll last October.

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam are brand ambassadors of the Election Commission at the national-level.

  • April 7 is the last day for inclusion of names

    in electoral roll

  • Three film stars have been involved in

    the exercise since last October