Bangalore: Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Tuesday called on political parties, corporates and the civil society to participate in establishing a model framework for managing the urban electoral process.
   
Speaking at a function where a MoU was signed between EC and Jan-aagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy here, he said political parties should create Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to set up a model framework to manage urban electoral process.
   
"Some political parties have created the BLAs, but many others have not done so far," he said.
   
He also appealed to corporates to come forward and launch campaigns inspiring people to excercise their franchise.

"Jaago Re campaign sponsored by Tata Tea was successful which increased voter’s participation," Quraishi said.
   
He stressed the need to impart education to voters with the help of celebrities and icons.
   
"We started a very successful 'Pappu don't vote... aaha!' campaign in Delhi which made voters more participative. This kind of situation we want to create," the CEC said.
   
Quraishi regretted that Karnataka was the ‘biggest headache’ for the Commission in the last general elections.
   
"Karnataka has achieved 67 per cent enrolment compared to Kerala at cent per cent. A lot needs to be done by Karnataka," he said.

(Agencies)