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Mascot of �little sister� to sensitize voters in Titabor, Mariani

By Pankaj Borthakur

TITABOR, March 14 - To make Election Commission�s systematic voters� education and electoral participation (SVEEP) programme more effective across the length and breadth of Mariani and Titabor Assembly constituencies, officials concerned of Titabor election district today launched a mascot of little sister (named as Bhoni in Assamese) whose picture will be displayed in hoardings, banners, cut-outs and posters to draw the attention for ethical voting in the ensuing poll.

As the image of little sister (Bhoni) always reminds everyone of emotional attachment, the mascot of little girl and the text of appeal at the banners and playcards are expected to generate better result in increasing participation of voters in the Assembly poll in both the constituencies that recorded 72 per cent turn-out in the last election in 2011.

The concept of displaying such an attractive mascot was formulated by the team of administrative officers comprising ADC Jayanta Goswami, SDO (civil) Keerthi Jalli, election officer Damodar Barman, Titabor circle officer Nandita Baruah, Mariani circle officer Tarali Das, assistant commissioner Raktim Buragohain and Abhijit Gogoi of Titabor sub-division.

�We are expecting better turn-out in the ensuing poll. I hope voters will be sensitized more through this method,� said Keerthi Jalli, SDO (civil) of Titabor sub-division.

Narrating the significance of the newly-launched mascot, election officer of Titabor election district Damodar Barman said that for the first time they attached the mascot of little sister (Bhoni in Assamese) with the beautifully designed text for attracting voters for casting their democratic mandate as it will sensitize every citizen with an emotional touch to cast their votes.

He said the text and the mascot will be displayed at all the public places, ATM booths, gas cylinders of Titabor and Mariani households very soon as they have intensified SVEEP programme in both rural and urban locations of the constituencies.

Besides, they started distributing cotton bracelets to the voters which have special features to remind the date of voting, that is, April 4 this year.

Barman said that around one lakh voters will be given the cotton bracelets through the booth level officers of every polling station of the two Assembly constituencies where 2,37,483 voters were said to be eligible for participating in the Assembly poll 2016.

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