Lok Sabha election 2019 is ahead, so schools in Delhi and the National Capital Region have taken an initiative to hold an electoral literacy campaign to help students become aware on the importance of elections and how valuable the adult franchise is. Reports said the focus of the campaign is to train students regarding elections. Students should know the importance of voting and ensure adults around them exercise their franchise. The schools, private institutions Shiv Nadar School and Amity School, have planned a series of activities to ensure students understand the need to casting a vote confidently so that when they pass out from school and enrol themselves in the voter lists, they are mature enough to understand the process.
The students would be further encouraged to become electoral ambassadors to help their neighbours while casting a vote and spread awareness . The electoral literacy club teachers, with election duty experience, will help students understand the constitutional, legislative and legal provisions, technological innovation besides the role of the Election Commission, courts, media and other stakeholders in the process. The Shiv Nadar School in Gurgaon and Noida have scheduled mock elections for students next month. Lessons regarding the elections to state assemblies and Lok Sabha polls will be taught. According to the teachers, they will be screening videos related to the poll process to help students understand the functioning of the democratic set-up.
Amity International School principal said they will hold activities like mock elections where students can create their own parties, release manifestos, file nominations, campaign and cast votes. The students will be provided rough information regarding the entire functioning. This will help students be responsible citizens in later life. The school will also provide Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) for the students as well the children to understand the new changes in election law.
Lok Sabha elections:
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be conducted in seven phases starting from April 11 till May 19.
The elections will be held for 543 seats on nearly 10 lakh polling booths across the country, the counting of votes will take place on May 23, 2019.