In a bid to encourage more and more people to exercise their franchise, the Election Commission has launched a novel initiative in Surat, Gujarat. The Chief Electoral Office of Surat has come up with a plan to give voters a personalised invitation to participate in the election process.
Mahendra Patel, the Chief Electoral Officer of Surat, told ANI that the invitation cards would be addressed to the head of the family.
"We thought this election is such a huge occasion for democracy, so why not send an invitation to the voters for the same, and hence on behalf of ECI, we would send invitation cards to each family in Surat," Patel told ANI.
The invitation would be delivered to the family when the booth level officer visits them to give the voting slip.
The Gujarat Election Commission has also been using various other mediums such as radio and Tele Vision to encourage people to vote. Patel expressed hope that this initiative would translate into higher voter turnout than in previous elections.
"On the other side of the invitation card, we have inducted the information related to VVPATs, so that the people are aware of its functioning," he added.
The Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will take place on December 18.