Director General of the Election Commission Akshay Rout on Wednesday reviewed the steps being taken in this regard and expressed satisfaction with the progress.
"The ECI DG reviewed with the officials through video conferencing and other partners associated with the awareness campaign to increase the voting percentage," Chief Electoral Officer PK Jajoria said here.

"It was between 50 percent and 51 percent in 2009 LS elections. Now the effort is to increase it to 75 percent to 80 percent," he said.
"The ECI has introduced this method (show ink-marked figure and get discounts in hotels) in previous elections at other states with success," another senior official said.
Meanwhile, several organisations including police are making efforts to aware the voters about importance of their vote in a democracy.

According to ECI handout on the Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation Wing (SVEEW), which began work in 2009, there should be a continuous discourse with voters, civil society groups and media.

It also elaborates on the initiative of all aspects of voters' awareness and education aimed towards improving electoral participation, building up a culture of participative democracy among the citizens.


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