Berhampur, Feb 2 (LocalWire) In a bid to encourage people to exercise franchise during the polls, Ganjam district administration has decided to set up booth level Electoral Literacy Club (ELC).
“We have set up the ELC in colleges and schools to encourage young and new voters for exercise their franchise. Now, we have decided to set up the ELC at booth-level to educate new, as well as, other voters on clean and ethical voting during the ensuing elections,” said Deputy District Election Officer (DDEO) Bijayanand Sethi.
Booth Level Officers (BLO) will educate voters, especially new ones, about the proposed use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, about ethical voting, use of NOTA (None Of The Above) and clarify all the quarries raised by them, he said.
In some booths, experienced and adult voters also are roped in to educate new ones about the ELCs, he added.
The BLOs across the district will set up the ELCs in the next two to three days and the awareness campaign will continue till Feb 25.
The DDEO said the ELCs have already been formed in 58 colleges and 79 schools in the district so far. Process is on to set up the ELCs in some more colleges and schools in the district.
Pertinently, 62,991 new voters, mostly women, have been added in the district this time. Out of the new voters, female voters are 33,055, while their counterpart males are 29,834.
In 2014 General Elections, the district had recorded over 65 percent polling, while highest percentage was recorded in Bhanjanagara (68.89%).
Ganjam, a political sensitive district, has two Lok Sabha constituencies – Aska and Berhampur and 13 assembly segments.
Number of voters increased to 28, 10,809 (males – 14, 66,100, females – 13,44,510 and others -199), as per the recently published final electoral roll-2019, sources said.ReplyReply allForward