Unique voter outreach initiative launched in Telangana

Hyderabad: Election authorities in Telangana faced the flak over missing names in voters list in the recent assembly elections. They have now launched an outreach programme of sending letters with reply postcards to one crore people seeking grievances.

Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said, The initiative was launched a few days ago, and over 10 lakh letters with self-addressed reply postcards had already been delivered across the state.

The aim was to cover one crore voters by 20 January. If the voters had any issues with the voters list they can record it in the postcard, address it to the office of the CEO and post it, he added.

“Through this we will be getting a direct feedback at the CEO’s office. This is a unique effort to reach out to every citizen and encourage them to participate in elections,” Kumar told reporters here.

Rajat Kumar

In the 7 December assembly elections, there were allegations of missing names in the voters list. The CEO had apologised to those who could not vote as their names did not figure in the list and said the mistakes would be rectified.

This unique initiative is being carried out through the Systematic Voters Enrollment and Education Programme and the letter gives details about the procedure for enrollment, change of address and deletion of names among others, said the CEO.

About 15 lakh new voters were expected to be enrolled this year and the final electoral roll for the current year after the revision would be published on 22 February, he further added.

NT Bureau