Rajasthan is one of the states where turnout ratio of female voters is very low and massive innovations are under way by the Election Commission to increase the female voters’ ratio. It was revealed by Director General of the Election Commission of India Akshay Raut, in Jaipur on Sunday.
“The commission is also working on a project to increase women’s participation in polling.
Various new initiatives have been taken which have been liked to cultural values of the state,” said Raut. He said that as an awareness campaign, a database of 45 lakh Rajasthan voters has been prepared who will be sent SMSes about using their right to vote. Besides, all district collectors will send personal letters to these voters appealing them to cast their votes in the coming Assembly elections.
Also, “Sankalp Patra” will be sent to voters through schools and colleges and that they will be asked to promise that they will not miss voting, he said adding that a voter slip based on the photo identity card will also be distributed to each voter on the eve of the polls.
Raut informed that focus of the EC is on making the polling station friendlier. “Making available facilities for the voters like drinking water, wheelchairs and tent will be the prime concern of the election department,” he said.
Raut said that the EC is working on introducing the None of the above’ clause in the upcoming Assembly polls in five states. “The modalities to include and count NOTA in Rajasthan are under consideration by the EC. Everything will be done as per the spirit of the decision given by SC,” he said.
He said for the first time Central Observers would visit each state twice for an effective monitoring of the poll preparations, especially containing paid news and making the public aware about casting their votes. The first visit would be next week, and the second one before the polls.