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Election Commission launches ‘Mission 414’ campaign in Himachal Pradesh to boost voter turnout

The Election Commission has launched a special campaign in Himachal Pradesh to boost voter turnout in 414 polling stations with less than 60% voting during the last Lok Sabha polls.

Objectives and Strategies

Increasing Voter Turnout:

  • Conducting awareness campaigns and cultural events.
  • Designating identified stations as model polling stations.
  • Involving booth youth icons and distributing special invitation cards to prospective voters.

Targeted Interventions:

  • Initiatives to increase turnout in 22 assembly segments with less than 70% voting.
  • Implementing door-to-door outreach programs to motivate voters.

Focus on Women Voters:

  • Appointing ‘Mahila Preraks’ (motivators) in gram panchayats to encourage women to vote.
  • Engaging women icons and campus ambassadors to reach out to working women and housewives.

Election Management Measures

Enhanced Polling Station Supervision:

  • Increasing the number of polling stations to 7,990, with 150 exclusively supervised by women officers.
  • Assigning 54 stations to youth officers and 29 to officers with disabilities.

Special Voter Facilities:

  • Providing home voting facilities for PwD voters and those above 85 years.
  • Catering to 56,320 PwD voters and 60,995 voters aged above 85 years in the state.

Voter Demographics and Projections

Demographic Statistics:

  • Total eligible voters: 56,38,422, comprising men, women, and third-gender individuals.
  • Notable demographics include 1,38,918 first-time voters and 10,40,756 voters aged 20-29.

Expected Increase in Youth Voters:

  • Anticipating a rise in youth voters as advance applications from the 17-plus age group reaching 18 are received.

Electoral Regulations

Expenditure Limits:

  • Rs 95 lakh for Lok Sabha polls and Rs 40 lakh for assembly bypolls.

Unique Polling Stations

Extreme Locations:

  • Tashigang polling station in Lahaul and Spiti, located at an altitude of 15,256 feet, is the highest in the country.

Voter Distribution:

  • Manola polling station in Dalhousie has the highest number of voters (1,410), while Kaa polling station in Kinnaur has the lowest (16 voters).

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