Guwahati, March 14, 2019
As the 2019 Lok Sabha Election is around the corner, the district administrations are intensifying their campaigns to create election awareness.
In a bid to familiarise the voters with the EVM/VVPAT for the ensuing Lok Sabha Election 2019, the district administrations are leaving no stone unturned. From distributing sanitary pads, folk arts, organising saas-bahu sammelan and producing jingles in Assamese language – the district administrations are using every means for attracting the voters to cast their votes on the polling day.
The Lok Sabha elections in Assam will be held in three phases on April 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019. The first phase of voting will take place on April 11th, 2019 while the last phase will be held on May 19th, 2019. The results of the election will be announced on May 23rd, 2019.
All about tradition
The district administration in Assam’s Nalbari district would be using Assamese folk art such as biya naam, ojha paali, and dhuliya to drum up awareness among voters for the Lok Sabha election.
It may be mentioned that 900 million people across the country will vote in the 2019 polls. 900 million people will vote in the 2019 polls. 84.3 million new voters since 2014, 15 million voters in the age of 18 and 19.
From woman to women
On the other hand, Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli along with SVEEP team, District Immunization Officer and District Programme Manager, National Health Mission took part in the Saas Bahu Sammelan under Mission Paribar Vikash under Lala development block on March 14th, 2019.
A gamut of issues on family planning, safe practices for family, sanitation and hygienic use of sanitary pads were discussed. Jalli, a 2013 batch IAS, trudged along for around five kilometres in hilly and inhospitable terrain to Lalpani under Katlicherra revenue circle on Tuesday to motivate women voters.
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.
Jingle all the way
To strike a chord, Jorhat district Election Officer Uday Shankar Dutta has sung few jingles in Assamese language for attracting the voters to cast their votes on the polling day. The election officer has already penned and sung a few jingles to encourage the electorates of Jorhat district in Assam to cast their votes and participate in the democratic process.
Breakdown of Constituency
Phase 1, April 11th, 2019: Tezpur (Dhekiajuli, Barchalla,Tezpur, rangapara, Sootea, Biswanath, Behali, Gohpur, Bihupuria), Kaliabor (Dhing, Batadrava,Rupohihat, Samaguri,Kaliabar, Bokahhat, Sarupathar,Golaghat,Khumtai,Dergaon), Jorhat (Jorhat, Teok, Titabor, Mariani, Amguri, Thowra, Sivasagar, Nazira, Mahmara, Sonari), Dibrugarh (Moran, Dibrugrah, Lahowal, Duliajan, Tingkhong, Naharkatia, Tinsukia, Digboi, Margherita) Lakhimpur (Majuli, Naoboicha, Dhakuakhana, Dhemaji, Jonai,Chabua, Doom Dooma, Sadiya)
Phase 2, April 18th, 2019: Karimganj (Ratabari, Patherkandi, Karimganj North, Karimganj South, Badarpur, Hailakandi, Katlichera, Algapur), Silchar (Silchar,Sonai,Dholai,Udharbond, Lakhipur, Barkhola, Katigorah) Autonomous District (Halflong,Bokajan, Howraghat,Diphu, Baithalangso), Mangaldoi (Kamalpur, Rangia, Nalbari, Panery, Udalguri, Majbat, Kaligaon, Sipajhar, Mangaldai, Dalgaon), Nawgong (Jagiroad, Morigaon, Lahorighat, Raha, Nagaon,Barhampur, Jamunamukh, Hojai, Lumding)
Phase 3, April 23rd, 2019: Dhubri (Mankachar, Salmara South, Dhubri, Gauripur, Golakganj, Bilasipara West, Bilasipara East, Goalpara East, Goalpara Wset, Jaleswar), Kokrajhar (Gossaigaon, Kokrajhar West,Kokrajhar East,Sidli, Bijni, Sorbhog, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Barama, Chapaguri), Barpeta (Bongaigaon, Abhayapuri South, Patacharkuchi, Barpeta, Jania, Baghbar, Sorukhetri, Chenga, Dharmapur), Guwahati (Dudhnoi, Boko, Chaygaon, Palashbari, Hajo, Jalukbari, Dispur, Gauhati East, Gauhati West, Barkhetri)
Power of ballot
A total of 21,760,604 voters will exercise their franchise in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Assam in 28,143 polling stations. 706,489 young voters – 40,47,15 males and 301,774 females – in the age group of 18 to 19 years in Assam will exercise their franchise for the first time in the Lok Sabha polls. 503 electorates, marked under the third gender, are expected to cast their franchise in Assam in the forthcoming high-voltage Lok Sabha elections.
It may be mentioned that the Assam State Election Department has appointed sprinter Hima Das, actor Kapil Bora, singer Tarali Sarma and bodybuilder Golap Rabha as State icons to create awareness about the electoral process across Assam.
To sensitise the female voters on systematic voters’ education and electoral participation, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam in collaboration with the Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission and Assam State Urban Livelihood Mission has taken up an initiative called ‘Aaideur Chora’.
Under the initiative, women help desks will be opened at various government outlets – GP offices, co-operative societies and so on. These help desks will be operated by members of the self-help groups (SHGs).
The help desks will also help female voters get acquainted with the helpline number 1950 and NVSP portal www.nvsp.in. Chandraprabha – a woman mascot will be used in elections for spreading the message of electoral participation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on a tweetstorm on March 13th, 2019 and appealed to India’s biggest names across all walks of life, including the Chief Ministers from the Northeast, to encourage Indian citizens to vote in the upcoming elections.