Will voter turnout rise in Mysuru’s urban constituencies this year?
A professor in the city lamented that even several teachers, including those of higher education institutions, did not turn up to vote in both assembly and Parliamentary elections. “Although the Election Commission ensures that the polling day falls on weekends for the benefit of the public, and to increase polling percentage, the educated classes including those in the IT sector fail to vote,” he said.
Professor of political science Muzaffar Assadi said that this was the case in most urban constituencies. “A section of voters are indifferent to the democratic system and setup. Urban voters are of the opinion that politicians do nothing for the society, and don’t see the point in voting,” Assadi said.
Mysuru deputy commissioner KB Sivakumar, who is also the district election officer, told TOI, “We are creating a lot of awareness under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) initiative. We have put up boards, and are conducting rallies and programmes to educate the public about the importance of voting. Once the nomination process is complete, we will intensify the drive to improve polling percentage in urban constituencies.”