Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Election official plays ‘dafli’ in public to urge people to vote

- letterschd@hindustant­imes.com

In a novel way to encourage people to vote, a poll official in Hoshiarpur played a ‘dafli’ and raised the slogan – “is vaar, 70 paar”, to meet the target of higher voter turnout in Punjab.

Punjab’s voting percentage in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls was 65.96%, which was below the national average. Following this, the state’s chief electoral officer Sibin C said that a target of achieving more than 70% voter turnout has been set for the Lok Sabha elections on June 1.

The systematic voter’s education and electoral participat­ion officer Preet Kohli said he takes the ‘dafli’ along and plays it at the railway station, the bus stand and any gathering of people and raises slogans, urging them to vote.

‘Dafli’ is a handheld bass-producing device and is often used in rural folk fares and religious events.

“We have not come to sell you anything,” Kohli told a passenger in the coach of a train going from Hoshiarpur to Jalandhar.

“We have come with a request that you all must vote on June 1. You should not observe it as a holiday. Take other family members, who are eligible to vote, with you,” he said.

On Wednesday, the district administra­tion of Hoshiarpur also held a ‘Jago’ of SVEEP to create awareness about voting at Rupowal village, gathering around 400 villagers.

‘Jago’ is a ceremony which is connected with a wedding in Punjab.

Villagers were asked to participat­e in the ‘loktantra ka parv’ (festival of democracy) voting on June 1, Kohli told PTI.

As part of the awareness campaign, the district administra­tion has also involved several college students to make people aware of voting, he said.

 ?? VIDEO GRAB ?? Systematic voter’s education and electoral participat­ion officer Preet Kohli urging people to cast their vote.
VIDEO GRAB Systematic voter’s education and electoral participat­ion officer Preet Kohli urging people to cast their vote.

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