Indore: With a view to increasing poll percentage in the ensuing Assembly elections, the Indore District Election Office ( DEO) has launched a signature drive in five malls in the City.

The aim of this campaign is to motivate voters to take part in the voting. The DEO started the signature drive in the malls so that the visitors can remember the pledge of voting on the ‘ Democracy Day’ ( Nov 25).

The Indore DEO has been making various efforts for the last few weeks to increase poll percentage from 67% in the last elections to 80% per cent this time.

In order to sensitise people to exercise their franchise, the DEO has started the signature campaign in five malls of the city under the ‘ Systematic Voters’ Education And Electoral Participation’ ( SVEEP) programme.

Indore District SVEEP Programme Committee Chairman and CEO of District Panchayat Ashish Singh told Free Press that they had started the signature campaign in the malls like Treasure Island, C- 21, Malhar and Mangal City from Sunday. Visitors of Central Mall too witnessed the drive on Wednesday.

He said: “ We are getting overwhelming response from general public and large number of people took pledge to vote on the ‘ Democracy Day’ ( Nov 25).

Singh further said that they had put up 157 boards in these malls to collect signatures of the voters. There are some motivational slogans written on the boards, which would help the public to come forward for the drive. Six teams of 40 NSS volunteers are also helping the public in this regard. Singh added that the NSS volunteers are also demonstrating the EVM to people.

Students’ rally on November 22

Two rallies of students will be taken out on November 22 to urge people for voting. Singh said that one rally with start from Gandhi Hall, while another will commence from Khalsa College. Both the rallies will culminate at Rajwada, where students will read the draft of ‘ voting oath’ sent by the ECI. Singh further said that over 3000 students would expect to joint the rally. Vice- Chancellor of DAVV Dr DP Singh has been appointed as the coordinator of the rallies.

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