COMMUNITY RADIOS AND SVEEP
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As a first of its kind, ECI, introduced “Community Radios” across the country to educate and inform the voters.
- ECI launched 150 community radios across the country and they believe it can reach the marginalised people.
- An event was organised by the International institute for democracy and Electoral Management (IIDEM) along with, Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART). The motive of this workshop is, to train and capacity building of the community radios for voter education and awareness.
- Community Radio can play a vital role in motivating and mobilising the voters, enlisting the underserved voters into the electoral roll, mobilising them to go to the polling booth, educating them about their rights and responsibilities, and making them an informed and educated voter.
- Community Radio can play an important role in strengthening democracy by developing content in their local dialects and deepening the process of voter education and awareness upto the grass root levels.
- He assured that Community Radio Stations will now become an integral part of the voter education programme.
- Community radio is a type of radio service that caters to the interests of a certain area, broadcasting content that is popular to a local audience.
- It is confined to a small geographical area whichserves for a community in their local language.
- Eligibility to apply for a Community Radio Station:
As per the 2006 policy of the Government, an organisation desirous of operating a Community Radio Station (CRS) must be able to satisfy and adhere to the following principles:
- It should be recorded as a Non-Profit Organisation and the concerned person should have a record of serving for the community for a period of 3 years.
- It should serve for the local community regarding education, social, cultural, developmental need for them.
- The organization must be registered under the registration of Societies Act (or any other relevant act).
- It is abbreviated as “Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation”.
- SVEEP is a programme of multi interventions through different modes and media designed to educate citizens, electors and voters about the electoral process in order to increase their awareness and participation in the electoral processes.
- SVEEP is designed according to the socio-economic, cultural and demographic profile of the state as well as the history of electoral participation in previous rounds of elections and learning thereof.