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Delhi: EC's 'Sankalp Patra' initiative to boost voter turnout gets 16 lakh signed pledges

"The Sankalp Patra, a pledge form, was distributed to students who, in turn, brought those to their parents to sign, committing to vote," the poll body said in a statement.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Updated on: May 19, 2024 17:03 IST
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The Election Commission of India started several initiatives to deal with low voter turnout. The Delhi poll body's move to boost electoral participation has witnessed nearly 16 lakh signed commitments pledging to vote in the general elections, said the poll panel on Sunday.

The poll panel had recently launched the 'Sankalp Patra' initiative led by the Chief Electoral Officer's (CEO) Office. The poll officials targeted schools under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council.

The statement said the initiative witnessed an overwhelming response from parents across public schools.

"As of now, nearly 16 lakh signed commitments have been collected, pledging participation in the upcoming elections on May 25," the poll body said.

The approach capitalised on the influential role of children in motivating civic engagement within their families.

Praising the initiative, Delhi CEO P Krishnamurthy highlighted the pivotal role of academic institutions in nurturing a culture of democratic participation from a young age.

The statement released by the poll body said as Delhi prepares for the elections, the initiative aims to boost voter turnout and instil civic duty in students by involving them in the democratic process.

The national capital's seven Lok Sabha seats go to the polls on May 25.

(With PTI inputs)

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