Paradip April 24 (LocalWire): District administration arranged a Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Program beach festival here on Wednesday to encourage people to vote during the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections scheduled on 29 April.
This awareness initiative is part of SVEEP, a flagship programme of the Election Commission of India for voters’ education.
The objective was to create awareness and encourage everyone to vote.
Different activities like cultural programme by Zilla Kalakar Sankrutika Sangh and Block Kalakar Sanskrutika Sangh, sand art, cultural programmes by local troupes, flying of helium balloons, displaying banner hoarding and signature campaign on ‘ proud to be voter, ready to vote’ .
College student Lipuna Barik said ‘I am a first time voter.
We hope the percentage increases because of different awareness programme by ECI.
If we don’t vote, we aren’t taking full advantage of the right that is being given to us.’
Another college girl Mamata Sahu said ‘today’s awareness programme has inspired us. We have the power and need to make use of it. Even one vote can change everything.’
The sky was dotted with helium balloons. Youth voters and PWDs also participated in the voter awareness programme on the beach.
Local cultural orgaisnstaion ‘CANMASS’ performed ‘Mote Hela Athar, Mu Heli Voter (I am 18 years old and I am voter.’
Several first time voters cannot cast their vote as they are staying away for studies while many youth are not sure about the changes politicians will bring.
On the other hand, because of lack of facilities old persons and pregnant women feel uneasy to cast their vote.
To garner interest of these voters, administration has introduced many programmes by implementing different facilities in booths and raised awareness programmes in village level to raise percentage of votes.
Two women-centric booths, one booth for people with disabilities and two model booths in each block, volunteers including NCC and boy scouts have been pressed into service during polling.
ADM, Paradip Kanhu Charan Dhir, ADM Jagatsinghpur Sachidananda Sahu and other officials were present on this occasion.