New Delhi, Nov 28: In a bid to encourage youth to vote, the Election Commission of India and Facebook on Monday revealed a pact under which the social media giant will remind the youth who recently turned 18 to register to vote by sending them reminders on their respective profile.
Under the campaign, all users who are going to complete the age of 18 between now and December 31 will get a “birthday wish” message on their birthday with a reminder motivating them to register with the poll panel to vote, news agency IANS reported.
To those who have already turned 18 this year, same reminder will be sent on November 30.
The reminder will be sent in 13 languages including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.
The message will have a “register now” button which will switch the users to the National Voters’ Services Portal after clicking.
Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti in a statement said “I am happy to announce that the Election Commission of India has launched a special drive to enrol all prospective and eligible young citizens of India as voters who are turning 18 years or more than 18 years on January 1, 2018”.
“This partnership of the Election Commission with Facebook for the dissemination of Information will help us reach out the young digital community of India in fulfilling our mission ‘No Voter to be Left Behind’ and ‘Every Vote Counts’,” he added.