The Telegraph
Wednesday , March 19 , 2014
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College drive to boost voting

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is carrying out a campaign across Jamshedpur colleges to encourage students to vote.

The outfit ran a voter registration drive on more than 10 campuses, including Jamshedpur Co-operative College, Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur Women’s College and MGM medical college, from February 15 to 25.

ABVP sources claimed that nearly 700 new voters were registered during the drive.

The campaign’s next phase will be held when the colleges reopen after Holi break on March 24. “Once colleges reopen, we will explain students why voting is significant,” said Rakesh Pandey, an ABVP member.

Students are happy to get voter ID cards. “I will be voting for the first time and needed a voter ID card. Thanks to the campaign, I did not need to go to the polling booth,” said Rashmi Kumar, a second-year student of Jamshedpur Women’s College.

ABVP members said during the campaign’s third phase, volunteers would go from door to door on election days and convince youths to vote.

Surveillance teams

Nine static surveillance teams have been constituted for Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency. The teams, comprising administrative officials and police, will check cash flow and use of liquor and arms.