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Vadodara Marathon on December 9
On December 9, over 1,000 citizens will run in the city to appeal to people to come out and vote during the assembly polls to be held on December 17. To spread awareness about voting rights among people, the district administration has come up with an innovative idea this time around. The city administration with the help of Vadodara Marathon (VM) has organized a marathon ‘Run for Healthy Democracy’. The idea is to involve people from all sections of society and appeal citizens to exercise their voting rights.
District collector Vinod Rao said they wanted to improve the voting percentage by at least 10 per cent during this election. “We have been organizing several programmes and reaching out to voters to appeal to them to come out and vote. The marathon race has been organized with the same purpose. We want to connect with the youngsters and middle-class voters through marathon,” Rao told TOI.
Initially, only selected citizens including government officers, college students, senior citizens and corporate sector will run in the marathon and others too can join in.
The marathon will begin at 4 pm from Mandvi and end at Bird Circle on Old Padra Road. Vadodara Marathon would provide logistical support for the event and would also provide t-shirts to the runners. The runners will appeal to first-time voters and also to teenagers who in turn would ask their parents to vote. “We will also involve election observers in the event to ensure that the run remains apolitical.
“Vadodara city saw voting percentage of 54 per cent in three constituencies in last assembly polls. We want to take it to 70 per cent. We will be celebrating Democracy Week beginning December 9,” Rao said.
“The marathon would also target upper middle class citizens who usually don’t come out and vote,” said Dilip Shah of Vadodara Marathon.