Kohima, Feb. 1: The state election department is making efforts to create awareness on the importance of voting as many youths are not coming forward to exercise their right to franchise.
Chief electoral officer J. Alam said the percentage of youths casting votes in urban areas is less and that all efforts were being made to create awareness among them.
Asked whether corruption was one reason why youths were frustrated with the election process, Alam said it needed an academic debate.
Releasing a CD of the theme song of general elections 2013, My vote makes my future, Alam said the election department, along with the Nagaland Baptist Church Council and civil societies, would continue with the awareness campaign throughout the state, using street plays as well. The theme song was composed by Youthnet, and several prominent Naga singers have lent their voices.
The election department has released 2,000 CDs, of which 1,600 would be handed over to the church council for distribution to different Baptist church associations where they will screen it for the people. The council is also carrying out a "Clean election campaign" in the state.
The election department would use radio, Doordarshan and local newspapers for the campaign till February 23, when the state goes to polls.