EC strives for greater youth participation in polls


"I won't be casting my vote because I will be voting back the same corrupt people. For me, voting is mere waste of money and time," Menon said.

However, 24-year-old Jamnagar resident Sanket Sinojia feels voting brings responsibility. "As a responsible citizen, it is my duty to cast vote. If we want a good government, it is vital for the literate public to cast votes."

Meanwhile, political parties are also taking steps to woo new voters.

BJP's youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) general secretary Hitesh Patel said, "We are organising programmes in rural areas to connect to new voters and spreading awareness about state government's various schemes."

Gujarat Youth Congress unit president Mansingh Dodiya said the membership campaign started by the party in various universities of the state had received tremendous response.

The EC is also promoting a new programme called YUVA-Youth United for Voter Awareness -- to enlist larger youth participation through education.

It has engaged national and provincial icons in social, cultural and sports fields to promote voters' participation using audio-visual appeals.

ECI sources said the Commission's SVEEP programme has received a tremendous response.

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