Many restaurants, apparel stores, movie theatres, supermarkets, petrol pumps, retail stores, hospitals have announced discounts for every voter who has stained finger.

Federation of All India Petroleum Traders has announced special discounts for people with ink-stained fingers in the Delhi-NCR region. They can fill tankers of their vehicles with petrol at a discounted rate of 50 paise per litre on the D-day.

Several eating joints in the national capital are also luring young voters with an attractive 25 percent discount on beverages and other delicacies.

In first of its kind initiative, Delhi Medical Association and several other health institutions have decided to give voters 25-50 percent discount on consultation, diagnostics, health check-ups and other facilities except pharmaceuticals. Interestingly, these offers will last for seven days after the elections in Delhi on April 10.

It would not be wrong if we call the 16th Lok Sabha elections a ‘revolutionary’, as there are several aspects that have not been witnessed in previous general elections. Ranging from the introduction of NOTA (None of the Above) option and hi-tech electioneering to high awareness among the voters, all have been different from the previous polls.

According to Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), the Election Commission is also leaving no stone unturned to bring the voters out of their homes and improve the voter turnout.

In its study, the SVEEP found that the election day turns picnic day for many voters. This is more concerning for the election body as it largely affects the poll results. In such a scenario, the lucrative deals and discounts may increase the voting percentage.

Delhi witnessed more than 65 percent voter turnout in 2013 assembly polls, thanks to EC initiative.


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