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Telangana Chief Electoral Officer appeals voters to make elections inducement-free

HYDERABAD, APRIL 20, 2024: In a bid to increase the voter turnout in the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections, the Central Bureau of Communication under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, has put up an Exhibition on Voters’ Awareness. Organised as part of the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme, the Photo Exhibition has an array of 32 information panels developed and curated by CBC, which take visitors through India’s election journey that began in 1951 and also highlights all aspects of polling from ECI’s mobile apps to EVMs.

Inaugurating the exhibition, Mr Vikas Raj, Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana urged the voters to become a part of the festival of democracy and make it a free and fair exercise. “We need to make polling a free and fair exercise and responsibility is on the voters too to make it inducement-free,” he said. Vikas Raj said that the first important thing for voters to do is to find out their respective polling booth. There are many ways such as the ECI portal and mobile apps to know polling booths. To exercise your franchise, you can visit your polling booth with the EPIC or any of the 12 identification cards recognised by ECI, he said.

He urged voters not to make summer heat an excuse to skip voting as ECI is making necessary arrangements in the wake of heatwave conditions in the t seven to eight months and appreciated the CBC for setting up the photo exhibition at MGBS, which would strengthen the SVEEP efforts.

Addressing the gathering, the Vice Chairman and Managing Director, TSRTC, Mr VC Sajjanar, called upon first-time voters and youngsters to actively take part in the festival of democracy by making use of the holiday given on polling day. He asked voters not to get influenced by freebies. Mr. Sajjanar volunteered TSRTC premises across the state to conduct more such voter awareness campaigns.

Earlier, Shruti Patil, Addl. DG, PIB & CBC, Hyderabad spoke about the various initiatives of the Ministry of I&B in collaboration with the Office of CEO, Telangana, like the street plays staged across the state. She said that CBC would put up similar exhibitions in major towns of the state to beat Urban voter apathy.

Joint CEO Sarfaraz Ahmed, A. Purushotham Naik, Executive Director, TSRTC,  D. Raju, Regional Manager (Ranga Reddy),  TSRTC,  Balakrishna, Director, PIB, Kareena B. Thengamam, Dy Director, Manas Krishnakanth, Dy Director, PIB, I. Hari Babu, Asst. Director, CBC, Hyderabad and others were present at the event.

The play ‘Votey Mana Ayudham’ (Vote Is Our Weapon) presented by the artistes of Song and Drama Division, CBC, during the inaugural programme exhorted first-time and young voters to exercise their franchise.

The three-day Exhibition on Voters’ Awareness has been placed at the Central Reservation Counter of Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station considering the huge footfall the place has daily thus enhancing the outreach efforts. The exhibition also features awareness videos made by CBC. The exhibition will conclude on April 22, 2024.

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