Creating voter awareness through photography

Last Updated 23 March 2014, 19:00 IST

Photographs of young and old triumphantly posing after getting their fingers marked with black ink were among the many displayed at an exhibition aimed to create voter awareness, inaugurated here on Sunday at the Chaya Art Gallery, Rangoli Metro Art Centre.

Apart from pictures and collages, huge display boards in Kannada and English highlighting the importance of voting along with the documents needed for exercising the franchise were displayed at the exhibition, which was designed and set up by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity ( DAVP). 

There was also a demonstration on how to vote and use the electronic voting machine (EVM). 

BBMP special commissioner (elections) K R Niranjan who inaugurated the exhibition said that the objective was to mainly attract youngsters to vote in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. 

“We zeroed in on the Rangoli Metro Art Center as it is located in the heart of the City and is mostly frequented by the young crowd. We will continue such campaigns till the end of elections,” he said. 

P G Patil, Field Exhibition officer, DAVP, told Deccan Herald that the response received on the first day was encouraging and added that the event was conducted as part of Systematic Voter’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP). 

“Similar exhibitions will be held at four other venues in Karnataka after discussing with the District Electoral Officers,” he said.

The exhibition was held with the support of the Photo Division, National Literary Mission Authority (NLMA) and chief election officers of states/union territories and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). 

The exhibition will be open to visitors till March 26 from 10 am to 5.30 pm. The demonstration on how to use the EVM will be conducted from 10.30 am to 1 pm.

(Published 23 March 2014, 18:26 IST)

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