As per BJP’s research, around 90 lakh youths will be eligible to vote in the upcoming 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. BJP is going to organize a ‘New Voters’ Registration Campaign for 10 days across the U.P. which will start from September 1.
During the campaign, BJP will collect phone numbers and email addresses of potential voters. So that the party workers can appeal to the voters to support BJP during the elections. However, Subhash Yadhuvansh, BJP state secretary and campaign in-charge said that they we will not make any request like that at the registration camp.
Three-day voter registration camps will be set up outside the colleges, universities, coaching centers, housing societies, shopping malls, markets, theaters and other public places. BJP has targeted at have five camps in every small village unit. Leaders of the party will present youths with ‘Form-6’.
Form-6 is the application form for enrollment as a voter in the elections. Checklists of the documents is required to be submitted with the application form will also be distributed.
A five-minute video, ‘Ek vote ka mahatva’, will also be screened. “A large number of youths do not show interest in registration or casting their vote. By screening the video, we will show them how wrong candidates could be elected if voter turnout is low. We will show them the importance of every single vote through examples of candidates who lost by a margin or one vote,” said Yadhuvansh, adding that youths stay updated with national issues through advanced information technology and hence could make better decisions on which political party deserved their support.
BJP will involve election experts in every Assembly segment and will check the application forms before they are submitted in the Election Commission’s voter registration centres.
“As the EC too will start revising the voters’ list next month, we can get cooperation from district election officials in getting the application forms submitted and registered before polls,” said Yadhuvansh.
He added that in Uttar Pradesh, BJP will not run any other campaign during the 10-day period to ensure that the party unit is focused on the task at hand.
On August 23, campaign was expected to begin but it was postponed because of ‘Tiranga Yatra’. It was delayed to August 24 by BJP’s plan to gherao the UP Vidhan Sabha . MPs, office-bearers and workers of at least eight districts will stage a demonstration. They will demand the resignation of Akhilesh Yadav over poor law and order.