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Turnout lesson: parties on drive to woo voters to assembly polls

Shaken by the low turnout for the Lok Sabha elections,political parties are now getting their act together to ensure that the same story is not repeated for the Assembly elections that are just months away.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 7, 2009 3:03:29 am

Shaken by the low turnout for the Lok Sabha elections,political parties are now getting their act together to ensure that the same story is not repeated for the Assembly elections that are just months away. The “technical glitches” in the electoral rolls,which had deprived many from exercising their franchise,are also high on their agenda.

“We have taken up the voter awareness drive on a pilot basis in Kothrud Assembly segment after the experience of the Lok Sabha polls,” Shiv Sena leader and Deputy Mayor Chandrakant Mokate said. He said hundreds could not vote for the Lok Sabha elections owing to “technical glitches” in the electoral roll. “The age,name,photograph or address of the voters were either wrong or missing from the electoral roll,which caused confusion among citizens and led to the low turnout,” Mokate said.

The party workers will visit every home and collect detailed information of all the voters,he said and added that the details will then be compared with those in the electoral roll. “Both the voters and the Election Commission will be informed about any wrong information in the roll so that they could be corrected,” the Sena leader said.

The Sena promises to implement the initiative throughout the city if it is found successful in Kothrud.

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On the other hand,the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has gone a step ahead and is helping citizens to get themselves registered with correct information and get the voters’ identity cards. “All the party workers have been asked to help citizens get their name properly registered in the roll and get the voters’ identity card,” MNS leader Ravindra Dhangekar said.

The NCP has appointed teams in every Assembly segment for carrying out the electoral roll correction work,city NCP chief Jaideo Gaikwad said. The BJP is preparing the entire database of voters’ details so that citizens can be provided all possible help to exercise their franchise.

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First published on: 07-05-2009 at 03:03:29 am

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