The community radio stations will now become an integral part of the voter education programme.
The community radio stations will now become an integral part of the voter education programme.

EC asks over 150 community radio stations to help educate, inform voters about LS polls

ANI | Updated: Mar 30, 2019 23:10 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 30 (ANI): For the first time, the Election Commission of India has reached out to over 150 community radio stations from across the country to help educate and inform the voters.
In this regard, an event was organised by the India International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Management (IIIDEM), in partnership with Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART), at IIIDEM here, reads an official statement.
The main purpose of the workshop was for training and capacity building of community radios for voter education and awareness.
Umesh Sinha, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, ECI said that Community Radio is one of the best media to reach the last voter of the country.
He said that these workshops were just the beginning to a long term and sustained engagement and Community Radio can play a vital role in motivating and mobilising the voters, enlisting the underserved voters into the electoral roll, mobilising them to go to the polling booth, educating them about their rights and responsibilities, and making them an informed and educated voter.
He emphasised that every voter is the first representative of the country, they are the soldiers and play an important role in protecting democracy. All voters across the country have the same power.
Elections provide a level playing field as each vote has the same power, no matter who casts it–the richest of the rich or the poorest of the poor, the statement added.
He said that Community Radio can play an important role in strengthening democracy by developing content in their local dialects and deepening the process of voter education and awareness up to the grass root levels.
He assured that Community Radio Stations will now become an integral part of the voter education programme.
The workshop was inaugurated by Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Deputy Election Commissioner, and DG, IIIDEM on March 25, who iterated that Community Radios can play a pivotal role in increasing voter enrolment and participation in the “Festival of Democracy."
He said that the tag line of ‘No voter to be left behind’ was to ensure that each and every eligible voter irrespective of his or her economic status, class, caste or profession understands the importance of his or her vote.
He also talked about the measures taken to include migrant workers, homeless, tribal persons, persons with disabilities (PWD), service voters, NRIs. He said that the effort of the Commission is to ensure fair and fearless elections and that Community Radios can play an important role in assisting Election Commission. (ANI)

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