Bengaluru: Ensuring that the election model code of conduct is followed need not rest solely with monitoring agencies. The C Vistal mobile app, introduced by the BBMP, enables citizens to monitor the code of conduct too, a system that has been adopted across the country. The Election Commission even guarantees that the complainant will get a response on the status of the complaint within 100 minutes of placing it.
Making an address at the Voter Awareness campaign organised by the Electronic Media Department, Bangalore University, Manoj Rajan, secretary, Agriculture Department, says standardisation, precision and training are require to ensure that elections are conducted smoothly. “Nearly one crore people are involved in the election process,” he said.
Universities and colleges have to conduct voting awareness campaigns in their localities no one can bribe the voters. The Election Commission has been conducting free and fair elections and the transfer of power is happening not through bullets but through ballets, he opined.
B’luru company gives employees paid time-off to go and vote
Ahead of the elections, Bengaluru-based company iD Fresh has urged employees to cast their votes, even giving them paid time-off to go and vote. Considering that during last year's elections, Bengaluru had the lowest voter turnout in the state with just 51%, iD believes that they have a duty to encourage their employees to vote and hopefully help increase the voter turnout this election.
PC Musthafa, CEO, iD Fresh reached out to over 1500 of his employees across India including Bengaluru to urge them to vote. He has asked them to speak to their managers, re-schedule meetings and reassess professional commitments. Musthafa has said that voting is not just our right but also our responsibility as we get to decide who will take decisions on important issues that affect our lives - healthcare, education, transport, environment, and just about everything.