The Uttarakhand Hotel Restaurant Association and the Election Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which offers a 20% discount to individuals who will vote for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The discount will be applied to all food bills from hotels and restaurants from April 19 to April 20, but only for those who vote and fulfil their duty as citizens. The MoU aims to increase the number of voters in the state and spread awareness. 

Discussing the initiative with ANI, the President of Uttarakhand Hotel Restaurant Association, Sandeep Sahni said, "After the polling is completed on 19, those who come to our hotels will get 20 per cent discount in their food bills till 20 April. We have decided to do this to increase the voting percentage and encourage people to exercise their franchise. To get the discount, they just have to show the Electoral ink applied on their finger."

Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Vijay Kumar Jogdande, talked about several organisations coming together to help increase the number of voters in Uttarakhand. 

Uttarakhand has a total of five Lok Sabha seats which will go to the polls in a single phase on April 19. Currently, Uttrakhand has a total of 83.21 lakh voters for the Lok Sabha election 2024. 

The number has significantly increased from 2019, which was 77.65 lakh voters. There are a total of 11,729 polling stations in the state, and the Election Commission of India has also allowed home voting facilities for voters above the age of 85 years. 

The state has 5 Lok Sabha constituencies: Tehri Garhwal, Garhwal, Almora, Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, and Hardwar.

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