Electoral office,universities discuss lack of participation among youth

Alarmed by the lack of interest among young voters in registering themselves for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 14, 2009 1:41 am

Alarmed by the lack of interest among young voters in registering themselves for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls,the Delhi electoral office has launched a drive in universities and colleges to encourage young people to at least enlist themselves in the electoral rolls before the elections.

Chief Electoral Officer Satbir Silas Bedi on Friday held a meeting with office-bearers from Delhi University,Jamia Millia Islamia,Jawaharlal Nehru University,Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIP) and has asked them to chalk out strategies to draw young voters.

“We have suggested ideas such as talks by college principals as well as organising street plays and skits. We also plan to set up a main unit on university campuses,where students can pick up registration forms,” Bedi said.

The deadline for submitting Form 6 for inclusion in the electoral rolls has now been extended to March 31,she added.

While Delhi has registered around 1,10,60,000 voters for the Lok Sabha elections,voters in the young age bracket constitute about 39 per cent of the electorate. “The number of applicants in this age bracket is very low. We are thus planning to tie up with schools and colleges to encourage young voters to get their photo-identity cards made,” Bedi said.

The election office had run an extensive campaign,popularly known as the ‘Pappu’ campaign,during the Assembly elections last year.

Nearly 30 lakh first-time voters had cast their votes in the polls. Other groups that are not represented well in the electoral rolls are between the ages of 50 to 59 and 70 to 79.

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