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17 Apr 2019

IAS officer sends out postcards to first-time voters

Initiatives to encourage citizens to cast their vote

The six-week polling for the Lok Sabha Elections of 2019 kick-started on April 11 and will end on May 19.

As Gujarat's polling date approaches, the District Collector (DC) of Ahmedabad, Vikrant Pandey has taken an innovative step to encourage first-time voters.

The DC office is sending out postcards to the first-time voters and urging them to come out and exercise their right.

In context

Initiatives to encourage citizens to cast their vote
'We've got 1 lakh 1 thousand postcards written by citizens'

Statement

'We've got 1 lakh 1 thousand postcards written by citizens'

While talking to Asian News International (ANI), Pandey said, "As a part of the awareness program, we have got 1 lakh 1 thousand postcards written by citizens of Ahmedabad to appeal to the first-time voters to cast their vote on 23 April."

He further added, "To eliminate the possibility of any political message going into the postcards, we had scrutinized them thoroughly."

Details

Several students and teachers from Ahmedabad made the postcards

As per the DC, many students and teachers from Ahmedabad have made those postcards.

According to Sunil Sharma, Director of Postal services (Gujarat circle), special arrangements have been made to make sure the postcards are delivered before the polling day.

26 parliamentary constituencies in Gujarat are all set to go to polling in the third phase of polling on April 23.

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Separately, 45-year-old Patna man urges people to vote this elections

Another campaign

Separately, 45-year-old Patna man urges people to vote this elections

Separately, a 45-year-old man in Patna, Bihar, is also educating people about their voting rights.

Lal Mani Das, who sells pakodas, rides a bicycle, wears banners on his body, and hits the chaotic roads to urge people to vote and strengthen democracy.

He's encouraging people to vote using their brains, and not on basis of ideology, and has spent Rs. 10,000 for his campaign.

Checklist

Das requests people to screen their candidates carefully before voting

Das also wears a checklist, which he drafted, that includes things to look out for in a candidate, including their spending habits, criminal pasts and honesty.

He wants people to screen the candidates carefully before voting.

Moreover, he suggests people to vote for 'None of the above' or NOTA (60 lakh people pressed NOTA in 2014 elections) if no one passes their criteria.

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Why are the postcards being sent out?

When are the elections scheduled in Gujarat?

When are the Lok Sabha Elections scheduled?

Who made those postcards?

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Why are the postcards being sent out?

Asked 2019-04-17 20:43:12 by Diya Rao

Answered by NewsBytes

The DC office is sending out postcards to the first-time voters and urging them to come out and exercise their right.

When are the elections scheduled in Gujarat?

Asked 2019-04-17 20:43:12 by Abhinav Jaiteley

Answered by NewsBytes

Gujarat will go to polls in the third phase of polling on April 23.

When are the Lok Sabha Elections scheduled?

Asked 2019-04-17 20:43:12 by Rishika Pawar

Answered by NewsBytes

The six-week polling for the Lok Sabha Elections began on Thursday and will end on May 19.

Who made those postcards?

Asked 2019-04-17 20:43:12 by Vivaan Rangan

Answered by NewsBytes

As per the DC, various students and teachers from Ahmedabad made those postcards.

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