Delhi on Friday got its first Electoral Literacy Club or ELC at the college level which will help tap future voters and raise awareness about the electoral system. Delhi Chief Electoral Officer or CEO Vijay Dev inaugurated the club at Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women of Delhi University in Vasundhara Enclave. According to east Delhi district administration, youths will be provided information on registration of voters at the club and will also be encouraged to motivate others to register themselves with the club.
According to officials of Election Commission of India (ECI), the club will make citizens informed and ethical voters. "The ECI has formulated different instructions as resource guide at the school level, college level, and community level. It is Delhi's first Electoral Literacy Club at the college level to spread awareness about electoral literacy," one of the officials said.
The move comes close on the heels of the Delhi's draft electoral roll which showed a dip of more than 1.4 lakh in the total number of electors in the city compared to the draft list of last year. This year the total number of electors in Delhi stands at 1,36,15,776 in the draft roll, which is much less in comparison to the draft list published on October 23, 2017.
Electoral Literacy Clubs (ELCs) was launched on January 25 this year. January 25 is also celebrated as National Voters' Day to encourage young voters to participate in election process. It started from January 25, 2011, to mark Commission's foundation day.
Main objectives of the Electoral Literacy Clubs
- Educate youngsters about voter registration and bring awareness about electoral entities.
- Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) familiarization
- Facilitate voter registration when ELC members turn 18