EC seeks to boost poll turnout in Karnataka by 10 per cent
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EC seeks to boost poll turnout in Karnataka by 10 per cent

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 21:20
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EC seeks to boost poll turnout in Karnataka by 10 per cent Bangalore: Election Commission has put in place an aggressive campaign seeking to boost the voter turnout in Karnataka by 10 per cent in the May 5 Assembly polls compared top 2008 elections.

Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha said students, NGOs and civil society groups have been involved to spread the message of the importance of taking part in the poll process. "We will intensify (our efforts)".

EC seeks to boost poll turnout in Karnataka by 10 per cent In addition to campaign by "youth icons" and in media, students are being asked to persuade their parents to cast ballot. The idea is to take the poll percentage to "healthy levels".

In the 2008 assembly elections, the average poll percentage in the State was around 65. Officials said the figure for Bangalore, which account for 28 of the total 224 Assembly segments in the State, is a low 47.3 per cent.

"The target is to take it to 75 per cent (from 65 per cent last time around)", Jha said, adding, Gujarat has achieved a 10 per cent increase in poll percentage in the last elections compared to the previous one.

Authorities, meanwhile, made a number of cash seizures at several places in the state, including three in Ramanagara district (more than Rs 22 lakh) and in Bidar (Rs 9.3 lakh).

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First Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 21:20
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Preethi - Durban
Shame all patriots and xitzien groups have not agitated even now to reform our rotten election&voting systems which have made US a Farce and Banana republic since 1947 itself.Voting must bemade compulsory for all and those not voting without adequate travel or health reason must be jailed or fined heavily.Unless polling percentage is 95% or above, all elections must be cancelled and polling held again till 95% polling is reached. Electrnc Voting Machines must be mad rigging proof and hacker proof and all voters must be given voting recipts too which can be used to verify whether the results obatined in voting machines are real and genuine and not false!Shame one billion indians are still sleeping and not taking steps to reform the rotten election&Voting systems even now!
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