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  1. Communication



    MAINSTREAMING THE MARGINALISED Othiyampet is a section of the Villianur Assembly Constituency of Puducherry. It hosts a small tribal colony spread over an area of 500 square feet which is located in a secluded area. This colony is set in an ugly, unhygienic environment surrounded by wild trees and thorny bushes and the entire area is scattered with heaps of garbage. The colony is actually home to around thirty ‘Narikuraas’- semi-nomadic tribal people who make their living by hunting vermin, selling beads and handmade items and seeking alms etc. On the election day of Puducherry Legislative Assembly 2016, the ECI team was visiting polling booths to ensure and evaluate the efficacy of various programs rolled out to create voter awareness, maximise voter turnout, and capture unique and interesting incidents for documentation. While traveling to booth No. 5/20 Govt. Primary School, Othiyampet, the team visited the Narikuravas’ colony where a special camp was earlier organized as part of SVEEP initiatives to enroll them in the electoral roll. The team wanted to find out whether the Narikuravas had voted or not. After driving down a narrow mud road, the SVEEP team halted near the colony, where a group of Narikuravas was sitting under a tree- the time was around half past noon. When they were asked about the voting, they replied in negative and said that they would go to the booth when no other person was there in the booth, preferably at the closing time. When asked to explain the reason, they replied that other people would not like the Narikuravas to mingle with them in the queue because of their despicable and odd appearance as they were all clad in shabby tattered clothes. After driving down a narrow mud road, the SVEEP team halted near the colony, where a group of Narikuravas was sitting under a tree- the time was around half past noon. When they were asked about the voting, they replied in negative and said that they would go to the booth when no other person was there in the booth, preferably at the closing time. When asked to explain the reason, they replied that other people would not like the Narikuravas to mingle with them in the queue because of their despicable and odd appearance as they were all clad in shabby tattered clothes. Stung by the reality, the SVEEP team realized that the Narikuravas may not have the chance to vote at all if other people were there in the queue till the closing time! It was clear for them what they needed to do now. The team personally spoke to the community members, allayed their fears, and motivated them to vote. They were assured that they could cast their vote without bothering other people. Immediate arrangements were made in the booth facilitating them to queue up along with the other people. Of course, there was an initial flutter, but the mood of the polling booth soon turned positive. The voters in the queue were all smiles, surprised by the enthusiasm shown by the Narikuravas in participating in the democratic exercise. The truth about elections is that differences in socio-economic realities of individuals melt away and for this one event, everybody comes together and stand as equal to one another. Every vote counts and every vote counts the same. Watching voters in the queue at a polling booth - rich, poor, old, young, male, female, third genders, or even the disabled – this realization of equality is enough to inspire a belief in the ballot. -Published in Belief in Ballot Volume 2
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    CAMPAIGN CHANGES YOUTH’S MINDSET Like many districts of Punjab, Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (SBS Nagar) was home to youth apathetic towards participating in the elections. Most 18-19 year olds did not show any interest in even enrolling themselves in the electoral roll. Punjab was to go for elections soon in February 2017. This story is from the time of special summary revision of electoral rolls which was undertaken in September 2016. It is a recollection of the efforts put in by my team in the signature campaign that was aimed to overcome youth apathy. One of our top agendas was to enthuse the youth for participating in the electoral process. We wanted to strengthen their belief in the fact that with their vote they can shape the democratic set-up as per their aspirations. The team had already planned and executed various initiatives for engaging with the youth. But the most successful one that I recall was ‘Voters’ Maha Utsav’ which was organised in three major colleges of the district- Baba Balraj Panjab University Constituent College, Balachaur; R.K. Arya College, Nawanshahr; and GN College for Women, Banga on September 9, 2016. The idea behind the Utsav was simple: to interact with students through vibrant and fun activities with the underlying theme of voter awareness, apprise them about their rights and responsibility and finally make them take the Voters’ Pledge. The entire campaign revolved around students taking the pledge to exercise the right to vote as well as interact with fellow students directly and persuading them to participate in the elections. Amidst the flurry of activities, delightful performances, and the cheerful students’ enthusiastic participation at the decorated venues, we knew we had their attention. The presence of the Chief Electoral Officer, VK Singh, IAS at all three venues and his impassioned speeches to the young students made the Utsav all the more memorable. “The appeal of the CEO, Punjab dramatically inspired the students”, recalls Prof. Renu Karra of R.K. Arya College, Nawanshahr, while sharing her experiences. “The SVEEP campaign for enrolling new voters was launched on September 7, 2016. Being deputed as Nodal Officer of the campaign, I started mobilizing the students for enrolment. A number of awareness activities were started in the college to motivate students for enrolment," said Prof. Karra. "But there were many students who had showed indifference in coming forward to enroll despite all efforts", she adds. When the Voters Maha-Utsav was concluded, the difference in the students was clear. In fact, two students - Harpreet Kaur and Onkar Singh Sidhu - who were earlier disinterested in the campaign, came up to Prof. Karra and not only expressed their desire to fill up Form 6 for enrolment, but enthusiastically volunteered their services as 'Campus Ambassadors'! Harpreet Kaur hails from the neighbouring town Rahon and Onkar Singh Sidhu is from a nearby village Sloh. While sharing their experiences during the campaign in the college, they said that they were eligible for enrolment into electoral rolls since the previous year but did not take any interest despite being advised by their parents and teachers for it. "We carried the impression that voting is a futile exercise and it could do no good, hence, we did not show an interest in getting ourselves enrolled", they said. "The inspirational speeches by the CEO and the DEO (District Election Officer) and the performances of the students participating in different activities at the Voters' Maha Utsav made us realise the value of a vote and the opportunity we had been missing out on", said Harpreet. "The right to vote in a democracy is of paramount importance as it gives an opportunity to each and every eligible voter to decide what type of government is required to lead the country towards progress and prosperity.", said Onkar Singh, further stating that now he had realised that by exercising his right to vote, he can elect the representatives, who Onkar Singh Sidlhu can then raise the voice in the parliament or assembly to provide better educational and employment facilities to the youth. "If the youth at large gets themselves enrolled and exercise their right to vote judiciously, they can elect representatives to envisage their policies and programmes in a way that promote our welfare. Realising it, we have decided to act as 'Campus Ambassadors', so that like us, our fellow young voters can also be awakened and mobilised for enrolment", said the enlightened duo. Vipul Ujwal, DEO-cum-DC, SBS Nagar Published in Belief in Ballot Volume 2
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    Training of Master trainers on Service Elector’s Registration & Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot Paper System (ETPBS) on 9thDecember, 2016. Bilingual
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    General election to the State legislative assembly – 2017- Schedule regarding. Bilingual
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    IIIDEM conducts training for SAARC nations on Election Management Bilingual
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    ECI’s National Interactive Conference on Electoral Laws at New Delhi on 3rd December, 2016-regarding Bilingual
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    Session on “why every vote counts” by Dr. Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner of India at Shiv Nadar School, Noida on 30th November, 2016-regarding Bilingual
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    Interactive session between ECI and ASEAN students at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 29th November, 2016-regarding Bilingual
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    Last date for the Online Competition for Overseas Indians extended by a month; Winner to get a Round Air Ticket to India by AIR INDIA Bilingual
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    CEOs Conference on Election Management at Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi on 24th-25th November, 2016-regarding
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    Seminar on Service Elector’s Registration & Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot Paper System on 23rd November, 2016.
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    ECI conducts pilot of Electronic Transmitted Postal Ballot for service voters in Nellithope Assembly Bye –Election, Puducherry Bilingual
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    ECI International conference on Voter Education – Day 2- regarding. Bilingual
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    ECI International conference on Voter Education – regarding. Bilingual
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    Biennial Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative council from 6 Local Authorities’ Constituencies due to retirement of sitting members. Bilingual
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    Schedule for holding General Election from 134-Aravakurichi and 174-Thanjavur Assembly Constituencies in the State of Tamil Nadu – reg.
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    Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the Lok Sabha for Parliamentary Constituency of Assam, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Assembly Constituencies of State Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry,
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    Bye Elections to the Council of States from Madhya Pradesh and Telangana Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly. Bilingual
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    Payment of Honorarium to the CAPF/SAP Personnel Deployed on Election Duty- Regarding. Bilingual
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    Streamlining the election process of Rajya Sabha and Legislative Councils-regarding Bilingual
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    Delegation of Indonesian Parliament members from Great Indonesian Movement Party meets Election Commission of India Bilingual
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    Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls w.r.t. 01.01.2017 as qualifying date – Programme in all States/UTs except certain Assembly Constituencies of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - regarding. Bilingual
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    ECI Launches “National Electoral Roll Purification” (NERP) 2016 to Improve health of Electoral Rolls and Optimize the Polling Station location and Area Bilingual
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    Launch of MatdaataMahotsav document, film and SVEEP portal in Hindi along with the release of NERP handbook during CEOs conference at Election Commission of India, New Delhi on 18th July, 2016. Bilingual

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