The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to bring the process of ‘becoming a voter’ to DU students. In the initial phase, nine DU colleges in the North Campus have been rostered where registration booths will be set to facilitate the process. This drive will continue from 27th July to 28th July.According to a survey conducted by ECI, out of total 6,34,54 Delhi youth falling in the age group 18-19, only 1,80,936 are enrolled as eligible voters. This leaves almost one-third of the potential voices silent. To bridge this gap ECI is running a drive in DU colleges to allow students without voter ID cards to apply.
The exercise which is expected to attract first-year students will start in the following colleges: Shri Ram College of Commerce, St. Stephen’s College, Miranda House, Hindu College, Ramjas College, SGTB Khalsa College, Hansraj College, Daulat Ram College and Kirori Mal College, and the whole process will be facilitated by NSS teams of respective colleges. Students are required to have certain pre-requisite documents like 10th board certificate, colour passport size photo, Electricity Bill or Rent agreement, Aadhar Card and college identity card. Furthermore, they would be required to fill up ‘Form-6’ at the booths.
Speaking to DU Beat, the officiating Principal of Hansraj College Dr.Rama welcomed the moved by ECI and said, “ It will create a sense of awareness among the students and strengthen the roots of democracy and electoral politics in the country.”
Meanwhile, election commission officials have assured that the delivery of the Election IDs would be completed within a month. Speaking to India Today Padam Singh, the district electoral officer said,“ We are conducting this to ensure students are not bereft of the opportunity to vote in the upcoming elections. This is an interesting pool of students aged between 18 and 21.” The registration process is open for anyone above 18 years of age.
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