District level awareness programme held by Election Department in Namchi

Namchi, 29 Sept (IPR): As part of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme, a district level awareness and sensitisation programme was organised by Election Department at Community Hall in Namchi, South Sikkim today.

The participants for the said programme were Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Blind School students, women, Self Help Group members and young voters of South district and students from Loyola College, Sikkim Government College, Kamrang, and Sports Youth Hostel, Namchi.

The programme was also attended by resource persons, Mr Joseph Subba (motivational speaker) and Ms Bidhyawati Rai (international Muay Thai player), Block Development Officer, Namchi, Mr Bimal Rai, Under Secretary, Election, Ms Tripti Hangma Subba, Panchayat President, Lower Tingrithang, Mrs Chandra Rai, Panchayat President, Assangthang, Mrs Pranita Mangar, alongside officials from Election, Social Justice Empowerment & Welfare Department, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Sports and Youth Affairs Department alongside youth from NYK.

Under Secretary, Election, Ms Subba, addressed the gathering wherein she spelled out the objective of the programme which is to create awareness about the importance of elections and voting. She also spoke about the formation of Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) which she deemed as a step to facilitate voters’ education and also updated the participants that ELCs have been formed in all schools and colleges under South district.

Ms Subba highlighted the role of ELC to empower and educate the voters particularly the young and future voters about electoral process by engaging interesting activities conducted in a neutral manner.

In addition, she also spoke in brief about ‘Chunav Pathshala’ (CP) which constitutes members of Booth Awareness Groups (BAG) and are formed in communities for youth who are not a part of formal education. It was also informed that a total of 144 have been formed out of 155 in all polling stations under South district.

Resource persons for the day, Mr Subba and Ms Rai, also spoke on the occasion where they recounted their personal experiences in their respective fields. Both the resource persons, one a motivational speaker and the other an International Muay Thai player motivated the participants of the meeting to cast their votes. They underlined the need for the people young and the old alike to realize how big a part of democracy voting is, and to use the opportunities given to them to make a difference in their State and country.

The BDO Namchi cum-AERO also addressed the programme where he delved into the importance and impact of casting a vote. He elucidated the audience that casting votes gives an opportunity to the public to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to them.

The programme also saw token of appreciations being presented to the resource persons by the organising department.

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