STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Facebook drive to encourage voters' participation in Meghalaya polls

Social media giant Facebook has expressed its desire to collaborate with the Meghalaya election office and launch a drive on the polling day to encourage greater electoral participation.

Published: 12th February 2018 10:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2018 10:22 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

SHILLONG: Social media giant Facebook has expressed its desire to collaborate with the Meghalaya election office and launch a drive on the polling day to encourage greater electoral participation, Chief Electoral Officer of the north-eastern state, F R Kharkongor said today.

Meghalaya is set to go to the polls on February 27 and the results will be announced on March 3.

As a part of the collaboration, Kharkongor said, Facebook will set a reminder in its Meghalaya users' newsfeed on February 27, asking them to exercise their franchise.

"In continuation to Facebook's civic engagement efforts, we would now like to collaborate with Meghalaya's Chief Electoral Officer to increase engagement and participation in the upcoming election," Facebook's public policy head for India, South and Central Asia, Nitin Saluja said in a communication to the state election office yesterday.

The drive will follow a similar format to the ones used during the UK, US, Canada elections as well as the recent polls in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, Kharkongor said.

"This hill state in India's north-east has always registered a high voter turnout. With this reminder, we expect the voting percentage to improve further," the CEO added.

In the 2013 Meghalaya Assembly polls, 86.8 per cent voters had exercised their franchise. This year, the number of registered voters in the state has increased from 15.03 lakh to 18.3 lakh, according to the election office records.

The number of polling stations has also gone up from 2,485 in 2013 to 3,082 this year, an increase of about 24 per cent.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp