GUWAHATI, March 7 - Altogether 21,881 young voters will cast their vote for the first time in their life in the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Kamrup (Metro) district.
According to District Election Officer (DEO) Jimlee Saikia Kakoty, the newly-enrolled voters are in the 18-19-year age group.
Altogether 1,70,132 voters will cast their votes at various polling stations to be set up across the district.
Meanwhile, as part of the awareness campaign launched by the Election Commission to attract all sections of people to join in the electoral process, the district administration today opened an awareness centre at the Deputy Commissioner�s office here.
According to Saikia Kakoty, anyone can come to the awareness centre and go through a mock polling process by using the available electronic voting machine (EVM). The centre will be open for public during office hours, she informed.
The district administration will also organise an awareness run titled �Run for Vote� on March 11 to raise mass awareness about the voting process. The run will start at the Latasil playground and make a round of the Dighalipukhuri.
As part of its awareness drive among the youths, the district administration today appointed volunteer campus ambassadors in various colleges of Guwahati. According to the DEO, the campus ambassadors will help the election department organise various programmes and awareness drives in their respective institutions and will work to motivate other students to cast their votes.
It may be mentioned that the State Election Department has already appointed sprinter Hima Das, singer Tarali Sarma, actor Kapil Bora and bodybuilder Golap Rabha as State icons to create mass awareness about the electoral process across the State.
�The State icons will voluntarily join us in various awareness programmes in the coming days,� Pankaj Chakraborty, Deputy Secretary in the State Election Department, told The Assam Tribune.