BMC civic elections: At booths on campuses, volunteers encourage students to register, vote

“It is a false notion that the young don’t care about politics. They definitely care, and aim to have a better government,” says Anand Jaiswar NSS head

Written by Meghna Jain | Mumbai | Published:October 27, 2016 1:57 am

Many STUDENTS believe that a single vote doesn’t matter, and hence often do not exercise their franchise. To overcome this, many students in the city are encouraging their classmates to register themselves for voting in the upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, spreading the message that every vote counts.

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Various colleges have set up voter registration booths within campus to encourage students to get their names into the electoral rolls.

The initiative aims at making students more aware of federal politics, and generate ideas on how they want governments to work.

“We have created awareness among students through various street plays and rallies in order to encourage them to come and vote.”

“This year, we have received 29,978 forms from 290 colleges, and 3,469 forms from all the nearby villages and slum areas from people for the registration of their voting cards,” said N S Bidve, the National Service Scheme (NSS) coordinator of University of Mumbai .

Anand Jaiswar, NSS head of R D National College, Bandra, said, “Young voters make up a substantial chunk of the electorate. If all these people actually turn out to vote, they can bring about a real change.”

“It is a false notion that the young don’t care about politics. They definitely care, and aim to have a better government. We organised booths for people who want to register themselves for voting. We made students above 18 years of age aware of their voting rights and how important it is for the country,” Jaiswar added.

The volunteers collected all the necessary documents, verified and submitted them to the respective agency. Around 650 students registered themselves for their voter ID cards at R D National College.

The V W A College of Commerce received more than 100 applications for registration. Ajay Vaid, the NSS head of the college said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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