From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore
Bangalore, Apr 5: Election Commission has decided to enlist the services of Meghalaya Paragliding Association on Saturday and Sunday to reach out to the voters for enrollment in the electoral rolls and also to ensure higher participation by voters in the May 5 assembly polls in Karnataka.
A para-motor with the message “hurry - April 7 is the last day to enroll to vote,” will take off from Jakkur airport in Bangalore at 8 am on April 6.
The para-motor will fly over the city on Sunday also to create awareness among eligible voters.
April 7 is the last day for submission of application for enrollment in the electoral roll.
The para-motor would fly over the City for 2 to 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings and evenings.
The method has been successfully used for promoting poll awareness Meghalaya in the recent elections, Chief Electoral officer Anil Kumar Jha told reporters on Friday.
In addition to providing accommodation for the crew and fuel cost, the commission would spend Rs 40,000 per day for using the services of Association, he said.
Applicants can submit applications online for enrolment of their names in the electoral roll. Errors in the online system had been rectified to enable the applicants to submit applications till April 7 till 12 pm, he said.
He said applicants can obtain EPIC cards any of the BangaloreOne cenres in the City by paying fee of Rs 10. Citizens get EPIC cards free of cost from the ward offices or voter facilitation centres.
A total of 8.26 lakh applications have been received in the State since January 20 and of them 4.93 lakh applications have been cleared, he said.