3.5 lakh first- time voters to exercise franchise in LS polls

Jammu: About 3.5 lakh first time voters are going to exercise their right to franchise in Jammu and Kashmir in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“3.5 lakh first time voters will be exercising their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula told Director General (DG), Election Commission (ECI); Akshay Raut during a video conference here Friday.
The DG ECI was apprised about the activities being carried out under Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) and overall poll preparedness in the State.
Giving the brief, CEO informed that these new voters were registered during the summary revision of the Electoral roll.
“State and district SVEEP committees have been constituted and the SVEEP state plan has also been rolled out from March 1,”  Narula said and informed that as many as 253 campus Ambassadors have been appointed in different Colleges and Universities of the State.
The dissemination of electoral literacy material through adult literacy workers is in progress, while Radio jingles on voter turnout are being broadcast ten times a day from Radio Kashmir Jammu, Srinagar and other private radio stations, he said adding that a special programme for registration of left out new eligible voters was also held on March 9.
The DG (ECI), however, laid stress on creating mass awareness with special focus on women and young eligible voters.
The maximum participation of women and newly registered voters would help record high voter turnout in the state, he said.