Electoral Literacy Clubs
Taking forward its continuous efforts of building an active democratic citizenry in the country, the Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation division of ECI has undertaken a new initiative by the name of Electoral Literacy Clubs for developing a culture of avid electoral engagement and making informed and ethical ballot decisions among citizens of the country.
“In U.T., Chandigarh The Electoral Literacy Clubs or ELCs program was officially launched on National Voters' Day 2018 by the Chief Electoral Officer Sh. Ajoy Kumar Sinha, IAS”.
ELCs are informal learning groups which being set up across the country as direct interventions of ECI for promoting electoral literacy among Indian citizens of all ages by engaging them in interesting and experiential hands-on learning activities in their local languages in a strictly apolitical, non-partisan and neutral manner.
Three different kinds of interventions have been designed under the ELCs program. First is ELC Future Voters which are being set up in Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools all across India to target future voters in the age-group of 14 to 17 years who are studying in Classes IX to XII. These ELCs will have all of the students from Classes IX, X, XI and XII as its members.
Electoral Literacy Clubs are also being set up in colleges of Chandigarh as ELC New Voters for targeting the age-group of 18 to 21 years old who are pursuing their graduation. The overarching goal of ELCs program is to make the future and new voters of the country fully confident of how, when, where, what and why of democratic elections. They should develop an understanding of the value of their vote, significance of sanctity and secrecy of their vote, and a conviction of making mature, competent and ethical ballot decisions. They should become interested and excited for exercising their very first ballot decision in an ethical and informed fashion as soon as they become 18 years old. In quantifiable terms, the outcome of ELCs would mean increased electoral registration and enhanced voter turnout.
And for reaching out to the population left outside of the formal education structures, ELCs shall be set up at every Polling Station by the name of Chunav Pathshala. Chunav Pathshala will have members from the village or community to which the polling station belongs. While there will be significant focus on school dropouts, the Chunav Pathshala will also aim to be representative of the entire village's demographic composition.
(i) To educate the targeted populations about voter registration, entire electoral process and related matters by engaging them through well designed attractive resources in hands on experience;
(ii) EVM and VVPAT familiarisation and education about robustness and non- tamper ability of EVM and integrity of the electoral process using EVMs.
(iii) Capacity building for generating/locating information on what, when, where and how of the elections and electoral process right from a young age of around 14 years.
(iv) To help target audience to understand the value of their vote and exercise their suffrage right in a confident, comfortable and ethical manner.
(v) To facilitate the target audience to understand the constitutional, legislative and legal provisions besides the technological innovation and integration in elections and nature and role of the Election Commission, Courts, Media and other stakeholders.
(vi) To harness the potential of ELC members for carrying the electoral literacy in communities.
(vii) ELCs will facilitate voter registration for its members as they achieve the age of 18.
|Type of ELCs||No. of ELCs
|ELC Future Voters (in School)||135|
|ELC New Voter (in Colleges / University)||27|
|Chunav Pathshala (at Polling Station Level)||595|
|Voter Awareness Forums||14|
Details of Activities
|No. Of Activities under ELCs, 2021|
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|ELC Activity August - November 2021|