‘No voter to be left behind’

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, 25 January, 2019: The 9th National Voters’ Day 2019 was observed today under the theme ‘No voter to be left behind’ at the City Convention Center, Imphal East, organised by the Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur.

Manpur chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu stating that electoral roll is the basic foundation of the election said the preparation of the electoral roll in fair manner becomes important in sustaining democracy in the country.

Urging the voters to check their names in the voters’ list he said voters’ participation is necessary in order to elect a good leader. He further said that voting percentage is also very critical and Manipur is lucky to be one of the highest polling states of the country.

Suresh Babu administered the National Voters’ Day pledge to the attendees.

LM Khaute, DGP in his speech assured that state police department in collaboration with the central forces will take up requisite and elaborate steps for the security arrangements for the successful conduct of the upcoming Lok Sabha Election – 2019. It is important to ensure that all voters turn up to cast their votes to safeguard the democracy of the country, he added.

PK Singh, chief electoral officer, Manipur appealed to the voters to come forward for registration, correction, change of names and address in the electoral roll saying that the revision process will continue till the day of the nomination. He informed that in the upcoming election Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in all the polling stations in the entire country.

He said that the Voters Verification and Information Programme (VVIP) will be launched from New Delhi today. Stating that toll free voter helpline number 1950 is launched in the State, he said that Manipur has been positioned in the second place in the entire country in the implementation of the voter helpline number. After the massive success of the SVEEP campaign, he said the Election Commission of India handed over the charge for the national multimedia campaign of the Lok Sabha Elections – 2019 to the CEO Manipur.

Th. Chitra Devi, DC Imphal East and Harmeet Singh Pahuja, DC Ukhrul were felicitated for the Best District Election Officer for 2018-2019.

Shyam Lal Poonia, DC Churachandpur was felicitated for the Best District Election Officer 2018-2019 for the first level arrangement and execution of checking of EVMs and VVPATs and also for the best initiatives taken during Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) campaign.

Felicitations for the Best Electoral Registration Officer were held for Suleiman Daulat Khan, ERO Patsoi and Konthoujam; L. Radhakanta Singh, ERO Heirok, Wanjing and Tentha; Kh. Lalmani Singh, ERO Karong (ST) and Mao (ST); Sonia Elangbam, ERO Keirao Bitra and Andro and Joel G Haokip, ERO Kangpokpi.

Hanjabam Bobby Sharma, AERO Karong (ST); Samson Huidrom, AERO Yaiskul and Wangkhei and T Joseph Lhungdim, AERO Henglep (ST) were felicitated for the Best Assistant Registration Officer. Md Ejaz Hassan, EO Ukhrul; D. Meidimbui, EO Tamenglong and L. M. Len Singsit, EO, Thoubal were felicitated for the Best Election Officer for innovativeness, punctuality and recognition for their contribution to the election related activities. 60 Booth Level Officers (BLOs) were also felicitated on the occasion.

As part of the observance, 10 newly enrolled voters were presented Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC), felicitation was held for state icons for the SVEEP campaign, prizes were distributed to the winners of the State level lucky draw received Honda Activa, Samsung LED TV and Samsung refrigerator and winners from each 60 constituencies received MI A6 mobile phone.

Aheibam Prahlad, CEO and Creative Director, Fluorescence Communications Private Limited, New Delhi was also felicitated for multimedia designing of the SVEEP campaign. A photo exhibition was also held today.

MH Khan, additional chief secretary; major general KP Singh, IGAR South, Assam Rifles; Mahendra, DIG, Imphal Range CRPF, Ramananda Singh, Joint CEO, officials and staffs of the Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur, school students, among others attended the function.

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