If you don't vote, you don't count, says EC

If you don't vote, you don't count, says EC

RWAs ask residents to choose wisely

At least 1,500 resident welfare associations will launch a campaign across Delhi, asking people to vote in the municipal polls to be held on April 15.

The campaign has been designed by RWAs in consultation with the State Election Commission.Delhi election commissioner Rakesh Mehta on Monday unveiled a poster with the slogan: If you don’t vote, you don’t count. RWAs will paste the posters in their areas. 

“This is a joint initiative by RWAs and the EC to encourage people to come out in large numbers and vote in the municipal polls,” said Mehta.

United Resident Joint Action (URJA), the apex body of RWAs in the capital, is spearheading the campaign.

URJA member Ashutosh Dikshit said 1,500 RWAs will participate in the campaign, which will cover all the 272 wards. “We will paste posters in all the 272 wards. The cost of the campaign will be borne by the RWAs,” Dikshit added. Mehta said a dismal 42 per cent voters turned up in the 2007 civic polls. 

The EC will also launch a separate awareness campaign to ask people to cast their votes. The EC has already given a contract to three advertising agencies to roll out a media campaign. 

The EC will also send personalised letters to 1.12 crore registered voters. The letters will be sent seven days before the polling day. They will mention details such as polling booth location, serial number of voters’ list and names of wards.

Over 2,000 nominations filed on Monday

A day after Congress and BJP declared their list of candidates, the Election Commission found itself having a busy day, reports DHNS. According to EC, while compilation of the exact data is likely to carry on through the night, over 2,000 candidates from various parties as well as independents filed their nominations on the last day.
“It was a hectic day for our 60 returning officers in various parts of the capital. So far we got data from 10 returning officers and 369 people have filed their nominations with them. Going by the average, we believe that over 2,000 people have filed nominations on Monday,” said Election Commission spokesperson Vinod Dhabas. Besides Congress and BJP — the two major parties in the fray — several regional parties’ candidates also waited for the last day to file nominations.