Resident bodies in Dwarka, such as RWAs of various societies, managements of CGHS, Dwarka Forum, Association of Neighbourhood Ladies Get-Together (ANHLGT) and Sukh Dukh Ke Sathi (SDKS) are making efforts to ensure a good turnout at the municipal elections, to be held on April 23.
SDKS, a resident body of senior citizens, has already started its awareness campaign. All its meetings focus on the importance of voting. President of SDKS and resident of Dream Apartments, Sector 22, Shashi Kapoor, said, “Tomorrow we have our spiritual meet at the Sector 22 park. We will also discuss the importance of voting at the meeting. We are circulating WhatsApp messages to encourage people to vote."
Dwarka Forum has also chosen WhatsApp to spread awareness about the need to vote. "We have also been circulating e-mails urging people to vote," said Sunil Sareen, joint secretary of Dwarka Forum and resident of Bharat Vandana Apartments, Sector 19. "We want the turnout to be 100 per cent this year."
“We have more than 500 residents in the society, of which a meagre 10 per cent voted last year," said Colonel (Retd) Sunil Dubey, president of Skylark Apartments, Sector 6. "This time we want to increase the percentage, and for that, we have started asking people. The subject will also be discussed at the meeting and a circular appealing to all residents to vote will be sent to all the flats."
Apart from resident groups, there are many individuals too, who have taken the onus of urging people to vote. A social activist and resident of Dwarkadheesh Apartments, Sector 12, Anjana Sinha, is one such person. "I always broach the topic of one's voting rights at meetings and during our morning and evening walks. This is our democratic right and we must use it. I appeal to all Dwarka residents to vote."