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Jorhat poll officer lends voice to jingles for voters� awareness

By Staff Correspondent

JORHAT, March 13 - The Jorhat district administration has found a suitable voice in the Jorhat district Election Officer Uday Shankar Dutta to use in the jingles in Assamese language for attracting the voters to cast their votes on the polling day.

The young officer has already penned and sung a few jingles to arouse the electorate of Jorhat district to cast their votes in an ethical manner and actively participate in the democratic process.

The voting in the Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency comprising 10 Assembly seats and spread over Jorhat, Sivasagar and Charaideo districts will be held on April 11 in the first phase.

Addressing mediapersons jointly at the Conference Hall of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner�s office this evening, Jorhat DC Roshni A Korati and Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Chandrakant Nimbalkar, Korati said that Dutta�s jingles would be played through the public address system, FM Radio and social media.

�We are working on the SVEEP (Systematic Voters� Education and Electoral Participation) programme through multi-pronged interventions and through different media with an aim to increase voters awareness and participation in the electoral processes,� Korati, who is also the Returning Officer of the Jorhat parliamentary constituency said.

Referring to Dutta who is a professional singer, the DC said that the district administration had an in-house talent whose jingles would be used. She said Dutta has penned and given tune to several jingles within a very short notice of time.

Actress Geetawali Rajkumari would be the district icon and that in 12 colleges of Jorhat election district, campus ambassadors had been selected from among the students or alumni to bring in young voters, Korati said. Short video films too will be made to generate awareness, the DC stated.

In the entire Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency comprising 10 Assembly seats in three districts, the total number of voters this time is 1,34,3875, the DC informed. Among the total voters, the number of male voters is 6,82,890 while there are 6,60,985 female voters. There were seven D voters and 1753 polling stations in entire Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency. Among the polling stations, 33 were termed as critical and 37 vulnerable.

Among the total number of voters of the Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency, 5342 voters with disabilities had been identified and provision for wheelchairs or Braille-enabled ballot papers would be made by the administration at the polling booths, the DC said.

She further said that 41 hoardings, 248 posters, 240 flags and 245 banners had been removed after the model code of conduct came into effect on Sunday evening.

Nimbalkar said that Jorhat district had been divided into Jorhat election district and Titabar election district with seven polling zones and 80 polling sectors for election purposes.

Out of the 393 licensed arms-holders in Jorhat district, 219 people had deposited the same, the SP said.

Nimbalkar said that 33,506 litres of illicit liquor have been destroyed since February 1, while 86 non-bailable warrants have been executed till date.

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