The district administration under the SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) campaign has intensified voters’ awareness programme throughout the district of Dima Hasao to familiarize people with voting machines-electronic voting machine (EVM) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT).
Dima Hsaso Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Amitabh Rajkhowa has also appealed to the people of Dima Hasao to participate in this election by coming out in large numbers and exercise their right to vote. In his appeal the DEO has inspired all to cast their vote for welfare of the country. The appeal is being widely publicized through All India Radio and fixed loud speaker in Haflong and Maibang and miking. Various activities such as mock programmes, detail demonstration, distribution of leaflets in local languages, posters, and road shows are being organized in Haflong and other parts of the district. Two permanent demonstration booths are set up at Deputy Commissioner’s office and near the Treasury office at the NRC centre.
As a part of the SVEEP a one day Election Quotient Quiz was organized for the school students on 21st March last, at Don Bosco Higher Secondary school winners of which represented Dima Hasao at Guwahati on 28th March, 2019. Under the SVEEP programme, to sensitize students of class IX and X standard at schools and colleges, aged between 14 to 21 years are taken into the loop. Under the Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) which are set up at school and college level, acts as a platform to engage school students through interesting activities and hands-on experience to make them aware on their electoral rights and familiarize them with the electoral process of registration and voting. ELCs are present in Schools, Colleges and Rural Communities. Especially for the rural communities a programme under Chunav Pathshalas are being organized specific for the rural communities involving them in activities and games designed to stimulate and motivate members provoking them to think and ask questions. A team of SVEEP officials under the nodal officer Zagir Khan have been carrying out extensive mock programmes to train on EVM and VVPAT around every nook and corner in the district. Their team has covered awareness campaigns in Mahur, Maibang, Langting, Dihangi, Diyungbra, Umrangso, Retzol, Harangajao etc. In Haflong town most of the places covered so far are Jatinga, Bagetar, Fiangpui, market area, Songpijang, Muolhoi etc. and rest in process. Special emphasis is on those polling stations where the total voters turn out was less than 10 % in last election. So far total mock votes during the programmes were approximately 11,500.
Hills district bureau, NE INDIA