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‘Election Express’ Van-flagged off to spread awareness
Jamshedpur, March 14 : To promote the electors to cast their vote during polls, the administration has come up with ‘Voter Selfie Zone’ at the district headquarters on Thursday. The ‘Voter Selfie Zone’ having 20×30 size one poster installed at height of 4-5 feet will allow visitors to stand before it and take the selfie.
Deputy Commissioner Amit said that keeping in view of rising craze for selfie a Selfie Zone has come up at the headquarters. This will educate the voters to spread awareness about importance of exercising their franchise.
Meanwhile, as part of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation program, better known as SVEE DC Amit Kumar flagged off an ‘Election Express’ Van from district headquarters. The van is designed to create awareness among the voters and enroll new voters.
The Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency that has 15,51,297 voters recorded 66.38 per cent of voting 2014. A total of 10.49 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency that comprises the following six Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) segments BaharagoraGhatshila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West.
The van has a live polling booth, Electronic Voting Machine, Form-6 for enrolment of voters, pledge letters, signature campaign boards, cultural troupe and loud speaker for announcement. It will move across villages in Assembly segments.
An official said that Jamshedpur has always figured as one of the best cosmopolitan city in India to live in with an educated population. In the general elections held in 2009, the voting poll percentage of Jamshedpur (East) was only 44 per cent and Jamshedpur (West) was only 38 per cent. This gives a very poor picture of the voting exercise of the citizens of Jamshedpur. Jamshedpur boasts of very high educational standards with 183 schools, 13 colleges including the likes of XLRI, MGM Medical College and NIT. The literacy rate is amongst the highest in the country with 87.50 per cent (male – 92.15% and female – 82.47%). With a population of over 13 Lakhs and one of the largest Urban Agglomerate in Eastern India, it is time for us to participate in the electoral process and become a ZimmedaarNagrik of Jamshedpur.
The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), a leading representative body of industries and traders, has plans to come out with hoardings to make people aware about the merit of voting in the democracy. The trade body will also flag off an awareness vehicle carrying messages on importance of voting. “We will put up hoardings and flag off a vehicle moreover our members will also be visiting in groups across the district to interact and create awareness on voting,” said an official.