The Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has announced that young Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and table tennis sensation Manika Batra have been roped in by the organization to spread awareness in the National Capital ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Ranbir Singh, the CEO of Delhi, has stated that the two youth sporting icons will be part of the campaign which aims to inform the voters of their voting responsibility, and how they should exercise their right to vote.
"The sports icons have been roped in to spread awareness among the voters. Our effort will be to increase the total vote percentage this year from last time’s 65.02 percent," he told media.
On Sunday, the Election Commission announced the poll dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The 2019 polls will be held in seven phases, beginning April 11. The counting will be done on May 23.
Delhi will head into elections on May 12, the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls. The polls in the National Capital would be held in one phase, with voting in all the seven seats taking place on the same day.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had won all the seven seats in the National Capital, and the opinion polls are suggesting a similar outcome this time around as well.