Voter awareness campaigns at peak this election season

With the polling date approaching fast in Andhra Pradesh, candidates have intensified campaigning and so have the educational institutions, district administration and local NGOs stepped up the awareness drive to educate the voters on the need to exercise their franchise in a democratic  system.
Special activities have been launched to create awareness among the people on the need to vote. The initiatives include installation of a giant replica of an electronic voting machine at the busy Benz Circle in Vijayawada to familiarise the voters with view of the gadget, as part of the Systematic Voters’ Education. It was attended by poets from across the country who recited poems underlining the need to exercise franchise.
The collector also released a compendium of poems in various languages including English, Telugu, Hindi, Urdu and other languages. A rally was also flagged off by ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu in which children, youth and elders carried placards written “Our Vote, Our future” on them.
In another programme, people from various walks of life,  formed a platform and participated in ‘AP First’ campaign with the slogan ‘My Vote My Voice’ aimed at making people know to cast their vote responsibly.  
“We want the 2019 elections to be free of money, muscle power or any other influence. Voters should have the freedom to vote as per their choice and only then can a democratic set-up survive,” said Tarun Kakani, a member of the JAC, formed to promote the awareness drive.
Another city-based NGO is planning to take awareness campaign at all busy centres in Vijayawada. Flash mobs are also being planned. The volunteers of the NGO would go around private offices, schools and colleges stressing on the need to vote, its president said.
Siddhartha Engineering College students launched a signature campaign with the aim to make more voters turn up at the polling booths. 

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