Mumbai: For the first time, students of all schools and colleges in Maharashtra are being trained about various factors of electoral activities by The Election Commission of India (ECI). Electoral Literacy Clubs (ELC) are being formed in these educational institutions to educate the youth about election procedures and create awareness about importance of voting.
This move has already been initiated in few schools and colleges of Maharashtra as the ELC will be thoroughly established by January 25. Training sessions, informative programmes, seminars and practical know-how about various steps involved in the electoral process will be explained in these clubs. These clubs will also involve teachers, working and non-working staff of both schools and colleges.
The aim of forming these clubs is to tap the children and youth before they reach the age when they are eligible to vote. Anil Valvi, Chief Electoral Officer, said, “We want to inform students about all the steps involved in electoral process as most of the children are often unaware. Parents and teachers can help students by answering their queries regarding election procedures.”
Volunteers and officers from ECI will conduct these training programmes in coordination with the school. “As we live in a democratic country, casting a vote is our duty. We will explain the entire procedure right from enrolling your name, Information about particular constituencies, process of voting, use and functioning of electronic voting machines and different kinds of elections,” Valvi added. School authorities mentioned there is a need to create awareness right at an early age.
Sana Khan, a teacher said, “Teachers have to complete election duty and often students ask us questions. With such initiatives students will get an idea of the whole election process on a regular basis. And once they turn 18 they will know what is the process thoroughly and will be able to pass the knowledge to their friends.”