Citizens’ forum to launch e-campaign for voter awareness

February 16th, 2009 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Feb 16 (IANS) Doctors, engineers, teachers, journalists, chartered accountants and businessmen in the Uttar Pradesh capital have constituted a forum for launching a nationwide e-campaign to sensitise people to their voting rights.

“Through our campaign we primarily want to target the educated and elite class to diligently exercise their voting right,” P.K. Gupta, a doctor who has conceptualised the ‘Conscious Citizens Forum’, told IANS Monday.

“You must have come across several people from well-off families who do not exercise their franchise, but can be seen criticising the government. By our campaign, we want to mobilise such voters,” he added.

The forum intends to send e-mails and SMSs to as many as possible all over India asking them to come out of their houses for taking part in the elections.

“Through our campaign we also want to discourage criminals and corrupt people from entering politics. We want that a majority of the literate masses should cast their votes for making a positive difference in the society,” said Gupta.

The e-campaign will start this week. At present, there are around 100 members in the forum.

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