| East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal addresses the meeting in Shillong on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, Aug. 28: The East Khasi Hills district administration today unveiled Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme to ensure “complete participation” in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The idea behind the programme is to enable youths between 18 and 20 years to enrol themselves in the electoral roll.
Those who have attained age of 18 years on January 1, 2014, will be eligible to enrol themselves, East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal said after unveiling the programme. Last year, the administration had also embarked on the programme to ensure more participation in the February Assembly polls.
Additional district magistrate D.M. Wahlang said voter turnout in the Assembly polls in urban constituencies, including Pynthorumkhrah, Mawlai, Shillong North, Shillong East and Shillong West, in the last election was a matter of concern.
The district administration has also identified 20 ambassadors from different educational institutions who will spread awareness on the significance of electoral participation.
As far as the plan to be adopted under the programme is concerned, the administration will undertake special interventions to bridge the gender gap in electoral rolls, fighting youth disconnect and urban apathy in registration through partnerships with identified agencies. The programme also aims to increase NRI registration from the present 0.1 per cent to at least 10 per cent.
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