Guwahati, April 15, 2019
To enhance the turnout of women voters in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the three Assembly segments of the district that fall under HP 1 Karimganj SC constituency on April 18th, 2019, the Hailakandi district administration is making concerted and relentless efforts to bring voters to the booth.
Keerthi Jalli, the first woman Deputy Commissioner of southern Assam’s Hailakandi district, has been visiting different parts of the district to appeal to the women voters to come out and vote leaving behind their household chores for a while to assert their democratic right.
‘Shakha’ for married woman
Jalli toured remote and far-flung areas of the district falling under South Hailakandi development block to urge the women voters to make their presence felt in a big way on the polling day.
DC Jalli played Holi with the married Bengali women voters and distributed shakha (bangles) to them. She went from door to door appealing to them to vote. Made of conch-shell, a shakha is a traditional bangle married women wear along with a pola made of red corals. Shakha and Pola are a symbol of a married Bengali woman.
To woo women voters and to inculcate hygiene on the menstrual cycle, the administration distributed sanitary pads free of cost. Sanitation napkins were distributed at minimal cost to improve awareness on menstrual hygiene and encourage the female voters to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise on the polling day.
“We have always believed in women power and pushing the message further are our own district’s young sports girls and sportswomen who have come together to join us in taking an oath in promising to get their parents, relatives, family and friends to come and vote for Hailakandi on April 18th, 2019. We are proud of each and every one of these girls. May they reach more heights of success,” said Jalli.
Sitalpati & japi
At North Narainpur village of the district, the women were presented with sitalpati– a kind of mat which feels cold by nature – featuring the Election Commission’s logo. On the other hand, 300 tea-plucking women of the district were presented with jaapi– traditional conical hat.
For the convenience of women voters, the administration has set up six women polling stations, two each in the three LACs. Of the 4,82,744 voters, the total number of women voters is 2,28,760. There are around 1.5 lakh first-time voters.
Saas-Bahu Sanmelan, Aideur Chora and Chandraprabha are being organised to sensitize women voters to increase their participation.