GUWAHATI, March 8 - The office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam in collaboration with the Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM) and Assam State Urban Livelihood Mission (ASULM) has taken up an initiative called �Aaideur Chora�, to sensitise the female voters on systematic voters� education and electoral participation.
The ASRLM and ASULM will mobilise the self-help groups (SHGs) at their disposal to make the initiative a success, a press note said. Under the initiative, women help desks will be opened at various government outlets � GP offices, co-operative societies, etc. This help desk will facilitate female voters to verify their names on the electoral roll and make corrections whenever needed. The desk will also facilitate them to register their names, if these do not appear on the roll, to delete multiple entries and apply for deletion of names of dead persons and for those who shifted places.
These help desks will be mainly operated by members of SHGs. They will also help female voters get acquainted with the helpline number �1950� and NVSP portal www.nvsp.in. Emphasis will be given to make female voters aware about EPIC.
Electoral literacy materials consisting of forms, guidelines, rules and regulations with graphical illustrations will be distributed among female voters.
A woman mascot � �Chandraprabha� � will be used in elections for spreading the message of electoral participation. The mascot will communicate with the populace in local language, delivering messages in an easy and relatable manner.
Polling stations with low female voter turnout will be identified. To encourage their participation, �Mahila Voter Rally� will be taken out in those specific pockets. The rally will include ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers and members of SHGs.
Also, active participants amongst the members in the SHGs will be appointed as village ambassadors who will spread the message of voter education and electoral participation among the masses.