Special drive to increase women voter turnout in capital

The Delhi electoral office has launched special programmes to encourage the women to exercise their right to vote these Assembly elections.

The areas targeted are those where women voting percentage has been less in the last few elections. The special drive is going on in areas like Khanpur, Mehrauli and Chhatarpur, among others.

“We have lined up puppet shows and cultural events in the far off areas of south Delhi,” District Election Office Niharika Rai told Deccan Herald. “There are many villages in the constituencies of the south Delhi so we have organised a qawwali in Mehrauli,” she added.

The event is scheduled for February 1.
The south district of the Delhi electoral office has also roped in volunteers to visit households in these areas and interact with women to convince them to vote this Delhi Assembly polls.

“Office of the District Magistrate-cum-District Election Officer, south district has taken up the task of motivating women to vote in upcoming Delhi Legislative Assembly Election 2015. The volunteers have been told to identify the issues that prevent women from voting,” said Rai.

“The volunteers try to analyse their opinion and motivate them to vote in upcoming elections by removing their doubts,” she added.

The volunteers also give them a badge as token of their faith in the electoral system, she said. These series of events will continue till February 4.

“We have been urging women and young voters to exercise their right to franchise in the upcoming elections,” Rai said.

For other constituencies in the south Delhi, the south district office has called the Euphoria music band which will play at Select Citywalk Mall on January 31. “We have invited the band to play to make people aware about the importance of voting,” said Rai.

“We have also put balloons having messages to encourage people to vote around Qutub Minar. We want people to become the part of the democratic process,” she added.

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