The deputy commissioner of Sivasagar district of eastern Assam, Dr S Lakshmanan, on Wednesday said that the higher trend of voters’ turn out is a positive indicator of a stronger democracy.
The deputy commissioner who is also the district election officer also said that the Common Service Centres have a crucial role to play in creating maximum awareness among voters and to motivate them to participate in large numbers in the electoral process.
Dr S Lakshmanan said this in an orientation meeting on ‘i-help’ held on Wednesday at the Sukafa Conference Hall of the deputy commissioner’s office.
While elaborating on the ‘i-help’ initiative launched by the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam, Mukesh Sahu, on March 17 last at Janata Bhawan, the deputy commissioner said that this initiative is aimed at promoting digital literacy.
“In this age of transition to the digital world, the Common Service Centres (CSCs) can play a vital role in educating the people on the usage of IT-enabled services related to election, and thus making the transition smoother. Their active participation will help in making the election process more inclusive and participatory,” he said.
The deputy commissioner also called upon the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) associated with the CSCs to collaborate with the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) to conduct mock poll using EVMs and VVPATs, facilitate the services of and generate awareness on the app-based services like c-Vigil, voter helpline number (1950), www.nvsp.in, PwD app etc.
It may be mentioned that the 84 CSCs of the district will hold awareness camps at grass-root level from March 20 to 27, 2019.
The CSCs will also set up dedicated help desks to facilitate PwD voters for online registration, transport facility, wheel chairs etc at polling booths.
Under i-help, there will be dedicated ambassadors named Divyang Sarothi who will work with CSCs to spread the message of electoral participation among fellow PwDs.
Besides a host of CSC’s Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs), the meeting was also attended by election officer Jagadish Brahma.