Odisha CEO shortlists six icons to spread poll awareness
Sivani Sangita (L) and Dutee Chand
Bhubaneswar: To spread awareness among voters for the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, Surendra Kumar has shortlisted names of six celebrities for the state-level Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) committee.
The personalities to be appointed as state Icons are sprinter Dutee Chand, para athlete Jayanti Behera, para shuttler Pramod Bhagat, singer Rituraj Mohanty and cine artistes Sivani Sangita and Swaraj. They will be involved in awareness programmes to encourage young and new voters to exercise their franchise in the elections, Kumar said, Tuesday.
Kumar has sent the list to the Election Commission of India (ECI) for approval. The EC has also asked the CEO to form SVEEP committees at district levels as well as in 2,908 schools and 665 colleges across the state. It has also set up 21,365 ‘Chunav Pathshalas’ to educate people about functioning of VVPATs and EVMs, Kumar
Television programmes and radio jingles in Desia, Sambalpuri and Santali languages will be aired to create awareness among voters. Folk dances will also be performed to motivate people for exercising their democratic right.