Chandigarh, April 8,2019 : Taking a significant step to increase voting percentage in the ensuing Lok Sabha General Elections 2019, the Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Rajeev Ranjan has requested all the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officers to ensure that all doctors have the stamp of voting date May 12, 2019, on the prescription slips of patients. For this, a meeting would soon be held with the officials of the Indian Medical Association.
Ranjan was presiding over a review meeting of State Level Systematic Education and Participation Core Committee, here today. Officers and officials of Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Primary, Secondary and Higher Education Departments, Haryana Transport, Haryana School Education Board, Red Cross and Women and Child Development Department were present in the meeting.
Ranjan also urged the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that the information of voting date should also be printed at local level on boxes of sweets, restaurants and cinemas hall tickets. Apart from this, the audio consisting information of the voting date should also be played at religious places. He said that as the polling will be held on Sunday, the private sector employers ensure grant of paid leave to their employees.
He also emphasized that in order to motivate the people to cast their vote, messages should be recorded of personalities from all the fields be it sports, education, social sector, the intellectuals or state level icon. He said that the parliamentary constituencies, in which the voting percentage will increase this time as compared to the General Election of 2014, the officials of the districts bagging top three positions, will be awarded by the Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana.
It was informed in the meeting that this time about 5.21 lakh new voters have got themselves registered in the state after the voter list was published in the Lok Sabha elections on January 31, 2019 and the last date of registration is April 12, 2019 and it is expected that about 30,000 to 35,000 more people would be registered. It was also informed in the meeting that there are about 2,200 persons, who were born on January 1, 2001, completed 18 years of age and became voters for the first time.
Ranjan urged the District Electoral Officers to disseminate information about the importance of casting vote to the voters, that any information related to the voting can be obtained through the Voter Helpline number 1950, via SMS from the Commission or through local BLO.
Others present in the meeting included Joint Chief Electoral Officers, Dr. Inder Jeet and Apoorva, Sweep Core Committee’s Nodal Officer, Maheshwar Sharma and other officials.