Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Exclusive interview with Dr. Basharat Qayoom, DC Pulwama

SRINAGAR [Raouf Dar] (KIMS) — As the Kashmir gears up for polling for Srinagar Lok Sabha Parliamentary Seat on May 13th, the Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Dr. Basharat Qayoom on Thursday said that the preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election in the district are going in full swing in the district, and also huge participation of people, especially young ones are expected to cast their vote in large number.

Here are the excerpts of full interview:

Q: Dr. Qayoom, could you share with us the status of election preparations in Pulwama district for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls?

The election preparations in Pulwama district are in full swing, with the Election Commission of India leaving no stone unturned. We anticipate a significant turnout, particularly among young voters.

Q: What are some key focuses of the election commission’s preparations?

The meticulous preparation of electronic voting machines and the thorough training of polling party members are among our key focuses. Additionally, measures such as staff randomization underscore our commitment to transparency and fairness.

Q: Can you elaborate on initiatives aimed at enhancing voter engagement?

Certainly. One notable initiative is the sweep program, targeting various demographic groups through innovative strategies to ensure maximum participation and inclusivity.

Q: What measures have been taken to encourage female voter participation?

We’ve introduced Pink Polling Stations, staffed entirely by female personnel, providing a welcoming and secure environment for female electors. These stations aim to address the specific needs of female voters and encourage their active participation.

Q: What efforts are being made to engage first-time voters?

Special attention is given to first-time voters, particularly those in high secondary schools and colleges, through enrollment efforts and familiarization with the electoral process.

Q: How optimistic are you about achieving high levels of participation, considering historical challenges?

Despite challenges, mobilization efforts by candidates and election authorities have received positive responses, indicating growing enthusiasm among voters.

Q: What message do you have for eligible voters as the elections approach?

I urge all eligible voters to mark May 13 on their calendars and play an active role in shaping the future of their district and country by exercising their democratic right to vote.

Since the announcement of Lok Sabha Polls in Jammu and Kashmir, The Regional Parties intensified their election campaign in full swing across UT to give tough to each other.

The Lok Sabha elections are the first major elections held in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019. — (KIMS)