Poor response to Chhattisgarh Votes Contest; EC plans to extend date

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2018 11:02:22


Staff Reporter,


Considering the relevance of social media for dissemination of information and communication with voters and other stakeholders, the Election Commission of Chhattisgarh has
initiated a campaign ‘Chhattisgarh Votes Contest’ on the facebook page of Chief Electoral Officer, starting from August 1. The last date of the contest is October 14 which is approaching nearer.

However, the response to the contest has not been satisfactory so far. While the Election Office was planning to extend the date of competition, the officials in the CEO’s office were of firm belief that the competition will attract youth voters if extended.

The CEO office has invited drawing/sketching/painting, photograph and slogan writing on the theme ‘My Vote – My Right’, No Voters to be left behind, Accessible Elections, Ethical Voting, Why voting is important?, Vote to strengthen democracy and voters awareness. The CEO office has also announced cash prize for around 100 winners of these competitions. One of the officials at CEO office said that the response has not been overwhelming. Even as he did not disclose the exact figure of the entries received under the competition, he said that the figure may be in thousands.

“We are planning to extend the date of the competition for another fortnight and hopeful we will receive more entries. Innovative campaign launched in the districts by the district electoral officers under Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) is receiving overwhelming response from voters who are now getting aware about our facebook contest,” said the officer.

Meanwhile, districts like Jashpur, Raigarh, Surguja, Balod and Koriya are leading the SVEEP campaign under the supervision of the respective district election officers. Flash Mob, Sankalp and other such activities to educate voters and make them aware about the importance of voting has yielded results in the abovementioned districts, said Dr K R R Singh, Joint Chief Electoral Officer, SVEEP.

Dr Singh said that the CEO office has initiated Divisional Conclave which is being held at five divisional headquarters. “We have target of inviting 900 student voters in the conclave. More voters will be allowed if they come. The sole objective of holding the divisional level conclave is to educate the students on voting and these students pass the same on others,” said Dr Singh.