The Election Commission has spent about Rs 50 crore in creating awareness among voters in the rural areas. The commission has been putting up advertisements through cable networks and in cinemas to educate the voters on the usage of the electronic voting machines.
Speaking to FE, a senior Election Commission official said the commission is taking full care to ensure that all voters are educated in time to be able to cast their votes. “We have been using various channels to create awareness among the voters, especially in the rural areas,” the official said, adding that the commission is also looking at educating the urban voters.
The Election Commission has already spent about Rs 800 crore in procuring 10.75 lakh electronic voting machines for the coming Lok Sabha elections. In the last general elections these electronic machines were used only in 45 parliamentary constituencies. There will be no ballot paper during the coming elections.
The machines have been indegenously developed and have been procured in various phases. That apart, the commission will put in place a set of concrete guidelines to monitor the political ads being telecast on the television channels.