TURA, April 5 - More than 600 volunteers from leading youth organisations like Bharat Scouts and Guides, NSS and NYK participated in a district-level training programme for poll volunteers held at the District Auditorium here today.
The session was addressed by Aashna Chaprana, campaign manager from Josh Talks, a media company from New Delhi working in collaboration with the Election Commission of India.
The session, which focused on the role of poll volunteers on polling day, included quiz and other electoral exercises. The youths were introduced to the origin of democracy and constitutional principles and were informed about their roles as facilitators for people with disabilities and the elderly.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh, who is also the Returning Officer, said that this was the first time that poll volunteers were being deployed on active duty in 481 polling stations on polling day in the district.
Stressing the importance of the tagline �Every vote counts� and ethical voting, he urged the youths to be vigilant and encourage their parents, neighbours and friends to exercise their voting rights and select their representatives wisely.
Ram Singh, in the presence of Accessible Observer IR Sangma, and SVEEP Icon (PwD) Darlington Sangma released the Form 7A that contains the list of candidates embossed in Braille for the help of visually impaired persons. There are 110 visually impaired voters in 84 polling stations in West Garo Hills district.