News : Vijayawada Civic Body to Set Up Call Centre for Voters
May 2, 2014 -- The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation has come up with an idea to help voters during elections. It is setting up a call centre to give information on location and other details of polling station, BLO contact numbers, etc.
The call centre will be set up three days before the polling day. In order to ensure that photo voter slips are distributed to all voters, officials have been distributing them door to door. For each constituency a returning officer has been appointed to ensure proper distribution. The photo voter sips have to be personally delivered by BLOs to the voter or family members. If for any reason like change of address or unavailability of the voter at home the slips are not received, people can telephone for getting them.
The VMC’s measure follows difficulties officials had faced in distributing photo voter slips during municipal elections. To avoid such difficulties during the general elections now, VMC commissioner C Hari Kiran has come up with the idea of a call centre. Efforts are being made to set up the call centre and the commissioner is taking the help of the telecom department ‘Dial Vijayawada’.
"There are seven lakh voters in Vijayawada and its suburban areas. In spite of our best efforts we will be able to distribute only up to 80 per cent voter slips. To help the remaining, we decided to set up a call centre. If they call up the centre and give their voter ID number, they will be directed to polling booth and the contact number of the booth-level officer," said Hari Kiran.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, May 5, 2014