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FB drive to encourage voters' participation in Meghalaya polls

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

has expressed its desire to collaborate with the 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.

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, will set a reminder in its 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 for India, South and Central Asia, said in a communication to the yesterday.

The drive will follow a similar format to the ones used during the UK, US, elections as well as the recent polls in 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 added.

In the 2013 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.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 18:35 IST