Nagpur March 13 Staff Reporter
Election Commission of India (ECI) is trying hard to ensure voting upto 70 per cent in ensuing Lok Sabha elections in Nagpur and Ramtek. The ECI is conducting a drive under Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) for creating awareness among voter to exercise their franchise in the election and became part of formation of new Government.
SVEEP Observer Ravindranath Mishra while informally talking to reporters on Wednesday morning informed that during last Lok Sabha election, the voting percentage had dipped upto 43 per cent in Nagpur and 47 per cent in Ramtek. The voting percentage in villages of Ramtek constituency like Sirsi was terribly low at 21 per cent, and Nageshwar School at Juni Mangalwari which recorded only 10 per cent polling. They are creating awareness to scale up the voting percentage upto 70 per cent. The same exercise was conducted in the election of four state assembly polls and ECI succeeded in increasing voting percentage. Mishra said, instead of only talking about political situation and criticism, the people should cast their vote and use the best “Democratic Tool” they have to express their opinion.
Mishra informed that around 6 crore new voters have been registered across the country. However, many voters are still have not got registered themselves in the voter list. The ECI is trying to register all voters, who have completed age of 18 years. They can register themselves till last date of nomination papers. They have to submit their two photographs, age proof and address proof. They can access registration form on the website of ECI.Nagpur city has registered 18,500 and Ramtek LS has registered 16,500 new voters on March 9 campaign. All voters can cast their votes for Lok Sabha elections, they have to carry their I-Card. It is not necessary to carry voter i-card but they can vote by showing any valid identity card.
Nagpur Collector Abhishek Krishna took various meetings in the colleges to create awareness among new voters for registration in the voters list. We want new generation to come forward to cast their vote in the elections. Nagpur Collectorate Office has installed two dedicated phone numbers 1800-233-1905 and 0712-2549847 for any queries about voters list and registration. The city has registered 40 per cent voters between age of 18 and 35 years. The Collector can provide details of polling station on SMS to any voters after getting details of name and his address and assembly constituency number.