Enhancing Electoral Participation in Karnataka Elections 2018

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Analyzing voter turnout in Karnataka 2018 elections with a focus on districts and polling stations. Objectives include boosting turnout, bridging gaps, and voter education. Targeted interventions cover various voter groups. SVEEP components and outreach activities are highlighted.


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  1. Election Commission of India Observers Briefing 22.03.2023

  2. Voter turnout Karnataka AE, 2018 10 districts, 75 ACs have VT less than State average (72.5%) - 20,420 PSs out of total 58,282 PSs (nearly 35%) Bengaluru division: 33 ACs & 10,055 PSs Kalburgi Division:25 ACs & 5,581 PSs Belgavi Division: 11 ACs & 2,835 PSs Mysore Division: 6 ACs & 1,949 PSs Less than 55%: 19 ACs 55 to 60%: 11 ACs 60 to 65%:17ACs 65-70%:21 ACs 70-72.50%:7 ACs More than State average: 149 ACs

  3. Objectives SVEEP strategy envisaged for: 1. Increase voter turnout Purifying the electoral roll of every polling booth Bridging gender gap in enrolment and turnout Ensuring inclusion of all non-voters/ marginalized sections through targeted interventions, technological solutions and policy changes Addressing urban and youth apathy in electoral participation Turning around all low turnout constituencies and polling stations 2. Enhance the quality of electoral participation through continuous electoral and democracy education - informed and ethical voting

  4. Targeted Interventions Women Migrants Senior Citizens PwDs Urban voters First time voters Service voters Overseas voters Marginalised voters Conflict areas Rural voters

  5. Essential components of SVEEP

  6. OutreacOutreach Activitiesh Forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A at all prominent places e.g. Post offices, banks, etc. Special registration camps for specific target groups Corporates to ensure registration of their employees - Alternative registration hubs for corporate employees to be established Instructions issued by Labour department to private contractors to strictly comply regarding paid leave on poll day Regional and/ or local icons and promotional material for voting Voter awareness material to partner media houses for wider dissemination Public transport system with Voter Awareness Messages Voter awareness via ELCs, Chunav Pathshalas, Voter Awareness Forums, etc.

  7. Existing Resources for Reaching Out Electoral Literacy Clubs for young and future voters including college drop-outs Voter Awareness Forums for young and urban population Partnership with organizations Social media handles DEO/ CEO Network for outreach activities Detailed checklist - SVEEP 4 strategy Engagement with National/ local icons

  8. Core Focus of SVEEP Election Period Non-election Period Check your name; PS; Option of different IDs, etc. Promotion of c-VIGIL & KYC for ethical voting Optional usage of Postal Ballot facilities EVM-VVPAT demonstration Value of One Vote Advertisements on poll date Purification of Electoral Roll - Corrections in the details, updation of Mobile number and Aadhar, deletion of duplicate entries etc. Registration of new voters Continuous education through ELCs There is a need to document inspirational stories/ case studies of elections

  9. Common Minimum SVEEP Activities Common Minimum Activities to be ensured in each district Distribution of SVEEP Kit to new voters Distribution of Voter Guide to every HH Thematic D cor/ messaging at the PS Analysis of low voter turnout areas suitable SVEEP strategy Whatsapp messaging to households Activating ELC activities on ground Social media contests and crowdsourcing of ideas Posters on topics like Voter Registration, Polling Process, KYC App, EVM-VVPAT functioning, etc.- @ polling stations.

  10. Grassroot Outreach General Observers to check if: Events at the grassroot level Chunav Pathshalas set up at every booth Campus colleges and universities Ambassadors appointed in Poll Volunteers identified and trained Detailed low voter turnout analysis

  11. Facilitation Voter Guide in local language to be issued to every HH along with the Voter Slips Voter Assistance Booths be set up at every PS location in specified design/dimension Voter Facilitation Posters mandatorily displayed in all PS in specified dimensions

  12. Electoral Roll related Issue of EPIC, duplicate EPICs, display of Voter list and Voter Education and Information material Having one's name in the Voter List is a prerequisite for casting of vote Search name in the Voter List and locating polling station through internet, SMS, telephone etc Voter Helpline number/s is functional and widely publicized New voter kit being distributed

  13. For Poll Day Voter Slips distributed timely ahead of poll day Poll day reminders through SMS, radio, television, print media, etc. Alternate identity documents to be used for voting AMF ensured in all PSs - proper lighting, drinking water, toilets, sheds, ramps, etc. All Women Polling Stations well publicized

  14. Accessible Elections 1. Physical Accessibility at Polling Station Permanent accessible infrastructure at Polling booths Special assistance at PS- volunteers, audio enabled interface, Braille material, etc. Accessible voting material - braille dummy ballots, large print, audio, etc. 2. Training and Sensitization Election officials to be sensitized and trained on how to aid PwDs Training of PwD voters reg. enrolment/ voting procedure (EVM demonstrations, Mock booth, etc.) 3. Communication & Outreach Social media influencers from PwD population Participation of PwDs in State level TV shows to create awareness 4. Awareness & Technology Use of assistive technology such as sign language, text to speech, etc. to create awareness Fully accessible Website and Apps - Accessible videos on how to enroll and vote Awareness of Saksham App

  15. Innovative approaches Chatbots: Voterdost in Goa Integrated control rooms in UP Green elections in many States Mission 929 in Tripura - special focus on 929 Polling Stations to increase voter turnout Mission 300 in Meghalaya - Love my State, love my voice, love my vote, your right is your might, your voice, your choice

  16. Thank You

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