Preparations for the upcoming elections of municipal corporations, municipalities and district and taluka panchayats are in full swing, with the district election office in Vadodara planning to target young and tech-savvy voters and encourage them to cast their votes online — a new option that will be offered by state poll panel to the voters for the elections of civic bodies for the first time.
District Election Officer and collector Avantika Singh said that poll officials will approach educational institutions to raise awareness about the e-voting option and help students register themselves online so they could cast their votes using their own PCs or on e-voting booths created by the SEC.
The last date for a voter to register for online voting is November 10. “We are planning to hold camps across various educational institutions where we will make presentation on the new form of voting. The SEC has not set any target for online voters, but we will try to enroll as much as possible,” Singh said during a press conference. As many as 12,27,934 persons are eligible to cast their vote for the VMC election on November 22, and 42,112 persons will be eligible to cast their votes for the elections of Padra and Dabhoi municipalities. A total 8,95,062 voters will exercise their franchise for taluka and district panchayat elections.