Youth Voters’ Festival from Sept 5
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 21: To increase electoral participation through voter registration and turnout as well as increase the qualitative participation in terms of ethical and informed voting and to provide a continuous electoral and democracy education to the people, Youth Voters’ Festival will be celebrated with different categories of students from September 5-9.
As directed by the Election Commission of India, Election Department in collaboration with government departments of the State and Central government, partnering agencies and the educational institutions of Nagaland is trying to promote voter education.
As part of the festival, essay competitions would be held on September 8 coinciding with the International Literacy Day.
All universities/ campuses in the State would contest in essay writing on the topic
‘Ethical and informed voting for all- round development.’ The best three winners would receive cash prizes of Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000, and Rs 5,000 respectively.
All colleges in the State would contest on the topic ‘Solution to electoral malpractices begins with me.’ The three best winners would receive cash prizes of Rs 6,000, Rs 4,000, and Rs 2,000 respectively.
All Higher Secondary Schools of 11 districts and High School of Pughoboto sub-division would write essay on the topic ‘Multiple registration as a voter and furnishing wrong particulars are illegal, unethical and immoral.’ The three winners would receive cash prizes of Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000, and Rs 2,000 respectively.
Time allotted is one hour and full score is 100. In addition to cash prizes, commendation certificates would be awarded to the above winners on the National Voters’ Day 2017.
Visit to the district headquarter VRECs by students would include following events/ exhibitions namely:
(a) Briefing by officials on ‘Roles and functions of VREC’.
(b) Briefing by officials on ‘Campus Ambassador’.
(c) Briefing by officials on ‘Roles & Functions of BAG’.
(d) Services of Toll-free No. 1950 in CEO’s office. Toll-free Phone in DEOs’ offices,
(e) Electoral data of the state and the concerned district.
(f) Records of NVDs since 2011 of the state and concerned district,
(g) Exhibition of past and present photos of elections including list of elected representatives of the district.
(h) Voter’s awareness Pamphlets/Brochure etc.
(i) Demonstration of both online and offline checking and registration/correction/ transposition/deletion of names in Electoral Rolls.
(j) The districts can include any other event if considered to be useful or enriching for the awareness of the electors and citizens.
Students would also undertake drive with parents/ guardians for ensuring clean electoral roll during the festival. Heads of Higher Secondary and High Schools should collect the duly signed Pledge Letters from students and submit to respective DEOs by September 15.
For the purpose, the Sankalp Patru (pledge letter) duly entered with next revision schedules would be issued to the districts in due course of time.
Meanwhile, the Election Department has appealed to all political parties, NGOs and different sections of people including the media to extend cooperation and support towards the above programme and encourage the full participation of students under the guidance of respective teachers.