A gathering of individuals starts overview to check consciousness of electorate
by Web Desk | Published: 21-02-2021
In the run-up to the 2022 Brihanmumbai Municipal (BMC) elections, a group of alert citizens launched a survey to make people aware of their municipal wards and corporators. The survey conducted by Jago Mumbaikar Group will look at two aspects - if people know about their ward, their councillors, BMC's responsibilities and the areas related to them.
While the BMC election will directly affect one's standard of living, voter awareness is generally low, especially compared to the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. In the 2017 BMC elections, 55% turnout was recorded, a record high in Mumbai since 1992. It was just 44% in the 2012 municipal elections, 54% in the 2014 assembly elections and 55% in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The town has 24 municipal wards and 227 electoral wards.
Elections are expected in the first half of 2022. Jago, a member of Mumbaikar, who did not want to be named, said, “Once we get the survey results, we plan to launch a campaign to create awareness among Mumbaikars. We will visit all political parties that insist on giving tickets to candidates with clean records. Milind Masouke, project coordinator for the Praja Foundation, which publishes councillor reports and trains city councillors, said: “30-40% of people in the city may still not know about their election wards or the corporator.
Who is their MP or MLA? This (survey) exercise is important because it will create awareness among the sections, otherwise they will not want to participate in the municipal elections
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