Volunteers feel dejected as voters prefer stalls set by the BLOs

Indore: The many firsts introduced by the Election Commission of India ( ECI) during this election have helped in increasing enthusiasm among voters in the district. After the end of the voting, it was found that the poll percentage recorded about 3 percent rise in comparison to the 2008 Assembly elections, and the credit for it goes to none other than the ECI. For the first time, the ECI introduced an innovative measure, under which photo voter slips were distributed to voters by Block Level Officers ( BLOs). This measure helps in ending the traditional supply of voter slips by the volunteers of political parties. On Monday, the volunteers of political parties too set up their stalls but the response was very tepid.

The EC deployed the BLOs near the booths to provide ‘ on- the- spot’ voter slips to voters, who reached the polling centre sans voter slips.This measure helped in increasing the confidence of voters immensely and they came forward in large number to exercise their franchise.It also reduces over reliance on agents of political parties for the slips and most of the stalls, set up by the parties, witnessed thin presence. The move also poured down water on the enthusiasm of the party volunteers.

Before the all important day ( Nov 25), the EC had held several programmes like forming human chain, taking out youth rallies, and SVEEP plan etc, which helped in increasing vote percentage from 67 per cent in the Assembly elections in 2008 to 69.34 per cent in this elections in the district.The EC and the district administration also made elaborate security arrangements for peaceful polling. No incidents of booth capturing and poll violence were reported from any part of the district barring some stray incidents.

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