FWICE Declares Optional Holiday for Mumbai Cinema and TV Workers on Election Day

Mumbai, 23rd April 2024: The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has proactively taken a step to encourage democratic participation by declaring an optional holiday on the upcoming election day in Mumbai. This initiative aims to ensure that all workers in the cinema and television industry can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote.

President of FWICE, BN Tiwari, informed ETimes, “We will be declaring an optional holiday so that all our cine and television workers can exercise their voting rights.” He further added, “Anyone wishing to work on election day in Mumbai must first vote and then attend the shoot. Our volunteers will verify before work commences.”

Additionally, Tiwari emphasized individual responsibility and urged producers to monitor voting among technicians. He said, “Producers should also ensure that all our technicians working on that day have cast their votes.”

FWICE also appeals to the Maharashtra government to provide vaccines for artists, workers, and technicians in the media and entertainment industry.

The Election Commission of India has released the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, which will be conducted in five phases across different regions of the state. Vote counting is set for June 4.

The final phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra is scheduled for May 20, encompassing significant constituencies crucial to the state’s political landscape, including Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, and Thane.