3.5 lakh new voters registered in J&K

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Jammu: About 3.5 lakh first time voters are going to exercise their right to franchise in Jammu and Kashmir in the Lok Sabha Elections.   

The information was given by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Mr. Umang Narula to Director General (DG), Election Commission of India (ECI), Mr Akshay Raut during a Video Conference here today.

During the Video Conference the DG ECI was apprised about the activities being carried out under Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) and overall poll preparedness in the State. District Election Officers of all districts of the State also participated in the Video Conference from their respective headquarters. Giving the brief, CEO informed that these new voters were registered during the summary revision of the Electoral roll.

The CEO said that State and district SVEEP committees have been constituted and the SVEEP State Plan has also been rolled out from March 1, 2014.He informed that as many as 253 campus Ambassadors have been appointed in different Colleges and Universities of the State.

The dissemination of Electoral Literacy Material through Adult Literacy workers is in progress, while Radio jingles on voter turnout are being broadcast ten times a day from Radio Kashmir Jammu ,  Srinagar and other private radio stations, he said adding that a special programme for registration of left out new eligible voters was also held on March 9.

The CEO also said that awareness pamphlets and other printed material are also being distributed to educate the people about the importance of casting vote.  It was also informed that online registration and name search facility for the voters is also being facilitated through the CEO’s website. 

The CEO further informed that so far the Awareness Observer has visited Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi and Samba districts as part of the voter awareness activities being taken up at all districts. He said that the issue regarding SMS reminder on poll day has been taken up with the BSNL and Private Telecom Operators.  

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