To increase voter turnout for the BMC polls scheduled on February 21, Action for Good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI) is reaching out to children in over 200 schools across the city. “Our goal is to increase voter turnout to 50% this election. We realise that children are the most persuasive force to get adults (parents) to step out to vote,” said Gerson D’Cunha, convenor, AGNI.
D’Cunha said they have approached schools run by various communities, including the 150 schools run by the Archdiocesan of Bombay, the Anjuman-e-Islam and the Parsi trusts. “We are urging school principals to encourage children to persuade their parents to vote,” he added. By this means, the NGO hopes to reach seven lakh potential voters in the city.
On Republic Day, after the flag-hoisting event, students will take a pledge that they will ask their parents to vote for the BMC polls. The NGO also plans to put up hoardings and banners of children urging adults to vote for a better future.