Hailakandi, March 12, 2019
In a bid to make menstrual hygiene available for all women while familiarizing them with EVM/VVPAT for the ensuing Lok Sabha Election 2019, the Hailakandi district administration made a whirlwind tour crisscrossing hilly and inhospitable terrain of the district on March 12th, 2019.
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 slated for April 18th, 2019 under 1 HPC Karimganj.
A team headed by headed by Keerthi Jalli also organized awareness programme on Polio Vaccination. With officials in tow, Deputy Commissioner cum Returning Officer, Jalli trudged along for several kilometers to motivate the women voters living in hilly and inaccessible terrain to dispel their fears of using EVMs and VVPATs.
“As most womenfolk do not know how to operate the voting machines with some of them seeing them for the first time, they were given demonstrations by polling officials,” said Jalli.
The Deputy Commissioner accompanied by SVEEP cell in charge officer, Tridip Roy and his team together with DPM, DME, NHM, BPM, Katlicherra and doctors visited door-to-door Khasi houses in Lalpani under Katlicherra revenue circle.
The district administration has taken this initiative to enhance the voters’ turnout with focus on interior and far-flung areas that recorded low percentage of polling in the last Assembly elections.
Under SVEEP, a lot of activities have been taken up like staging street plays, songs, quiz/ painting competitions, awareness campaigns, holding mock polling exercise at model polling stations, bringing out rallies, pamphlets and posters to motivate voters ahead of the elections.
Deputy Commissioner, who is spearheading the awareness campaign under the three LACs of Hailakandi, Algapur and Katlicherra, has decided to send a letter appealing the voters to cast their ballot in a big way to assert their democratic right with the slogan: “I pledge to vote for it’s my democratic right’.
Polling will be held in altogether 656 polling stations. The total number of electorate is 4,74,249.