In a bid to educate the electorate, the south district of Delhi electoral office has put electronic voting machines on display in marketplaces in the last leg of its awareness campaign.
The special drive to increase the voter turnout in these Assembly elections ends on Thursday – the day the campaigning ends for the political parties as well in the city.
The EVMs have been displayed in Nehru Place, Select City Mall in Saket and near Qutub Minar in Mehrauli area where the footfall is high.
“With just a day left in for campaigning, we are trying to reach out to larger section of people. So we are displaying electronic voting machines in busy marketplaces,” said District Electoral officer (South) Niharika Rai.
The move will be beneficial for the first time voters as well, she added.
“The department has taken the step to help people get acquainted with the electronic voting machines and the ballot paper,” said Rai.
The drive will also help political parties.
“Even the political parties can see that the electronic voting machines are beyond tampering,” she added. “The electoral office has engaged volunteers for the purpose.”
Even the electoral office has decided to perform nukkad nataks near Metro stations in south Delhi.
“We have planned awareness campaign at Chattarpur, Qutub Minar Metro stations. Volunteers will carry out puppet shows,” Rai said.
The south district office is planning to give advertisement in newspapers as well. “We will give an advertisement in newspapers asking people to come out and cast their vote on February 7,” Rai said.
“Our door-to-door campaign to spread awareness among the electorate to exercise their right to franchise especially targeted in areas where the population of women is in large numbers like Mehrauli, Chattarpur and Khanpur village will also end tomorrow,” she added.