RWAs go all out to ensure that residents vote
GURGAON: The residents’ welfare associations of several condominiums in Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida are making efforts to ensure maximum turnout of voters on April 10.
With the Lok Sabha polls just a day away, RWAs have organized platforms for open discussion, door-to-door campaigns and internal communication mechanisms to spread awareness about voting rights among people and encourage them to vote in large numbers.
The RWA of Hamilton Court in DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon, and Vaishali-based Media Enclave Association had also facilitated interaction between residents and candidates of major parties, a few weeks ago. “This interaction was necessary as the people needed to know who and what they are voting for,” said Hamilton Court RWA member Mansoor Adil.
The condominium also conducted door-to-door campaigns to urge people to defer their scheduled trips, if any, to participate in the electoral process. Estate manager D P Attri, said, “If you do not vote, you do not have the right to point fingers later. This is why we have made sure we facilitate enrolment of voters from our society in the electoral rolls.”
Indirapuram-based Gaur Green Avenue, which houses around 500 families, has made a Yahoo-group mail for internal communication among its residents. “All residents are in constant touch with each other. We are helping voters locate their polling booths prior to election so that they are not troubled at the last moment. We are also helping booth level officers (BLOs) in distributing voter slips to voters,” said D C Gupta, RWA president, Gaur Green Avenue. “A resident was planning a family tour during the election. We counselled him about the importance of elections after which he deferred his tour plan,” Gupta added.
G S Saini, a resident of The Laburnum Complex in Sushant Lok, told TOI they had residents who had just turned 18 and were keen to enrol as voters. “They approached us to get their voter ID cards and we went to the district election commissioner’s office and arranged for an enrolment camp to be conducted at our society.”
Saini also said apart from first-time voters, they also helped their service and maintenance staff to get enrolled on the voters’ list. “We are sure that of the 500 voters from our society, everyone will turn up to vote,” he said.
The RWAs are also motivating office goers to exercise their franchise in the election. N P Singh, chief of the Federation of Noida RWAs, said there was a general tendency among some office goers to abstain from taking part in the electoral process. “We have tried our best to contact them and motivated them to vote in the Lok Sabha election. We effort will increase voting percentage this election,” he said.
Kendriya Vihar RWA president Abhay Raj Singh told TOI they were taking steps to ensure all voters from their society showed up at polling booths. “We are putting up notices in the colony and will be personally requesting people to vote,” he said.