Congress strategy to enhance voter turnout

Close interaction with electorate planned

Coordinators to be appointed right from booth level

Dharmana’s exercise at voter-wooing lauded

HYDERABAD: The Congress is contemplating to press into service a dedicated team of observers from the grass roots to the district level to impress upon the voters to turnout in more numbers during election.

An exercise carried in Srikakulam Assembly constituency represented by Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, which witnessed improved voter turnout during the Assembly and Parliament elections last time is planned to be replicated by the party for the next polls.

Low representation

It was revealed that turnout of voters for Assembly and Parliament elections was always less at 50-60 per cent compared to the polls for local bodies which shot up to 80 per cent. The reason cited was the close access the local leaders had with the electorate during the Panchayat elections. Lack of regular interaction by the local legislators with the voters also was shown a cause for low turnout.

To overcome this problem, coordinators were appointed right from the booth to the constituency level to improve voter turnout. Frequent interaction with the voters also ensured that there was better voting. Mr. Prasada Rao on Saturday gave a power point presentation at Gandhi Bhavan in the presence of APCC president D. Srinivas.

He tried to drive home the point that a coordinator each be appointed at booth, mandal, Assembly, DCC and APCC level to woo the voters. Mr. Srinivas asked the Minister to attend a meeting of the DCC and Town Congress Committee presidents on Monday toexplain the concept.