Election Commission of India in partnership with Social Media company Facebook has set up an initiative to run a voter registration drive across five states- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur with an aim to encourage the youth in these regions to participate in the coming elections.
As per the program, the users with age group 18 years and above will be notified with a reminder of ‘register your vote’. Once the registration button is clicked, the user will be redirected to the National Voters’ Services portal from where they can complete the registration process to participate in the upcoming poll.
Punjab, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand, and Goa users are scheduled to receive their voter registration notification on 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th October respectively.
The recently launched Facebook page of the office of CEO Uttarakhand is also circulating election related information to the youngsters.
Approximately 155 million Indian population are Facebook users with a major portion shared by the youngsters. The idea of youth participation in democratic exercise like elections via Facebook as a medium is by all means an interesting development.
Author Name : Shikha Sinha