Shillong, Jan. 19: Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district has been adjudged one of the finest for the Best Electoral Practices Award.
The award will be given to West Garo Hills for organising the second-best campaign in the country for electoral awareness and voters’ education in the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation Plan envisaged by the Election Commission.
Over 75 nominations were received by the commission from different states of the country, and of these, 13 were finally shortlisted for the main category award.
The deputy commissioners-cum-district election officers were invited to the commission in New Delhi to make a presentation on January 10, and finally three were selected for the award inclusive of all categories like youth awareness programme for electoral registration and voters’ education and awareness.
West Garo Hills was the only district in the entire Northeast to have been shortlisted for the award, West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.
The award shall be handed over to Bakshi on January 25, which is the National Voters’ Day, in New Delhi.
“It is a unique and special recognition award in the name of the district election officer for leading the district machinery and team for voters education and had criteria based on individual efforts, context of the campaign, challenges faced and outcomes in terms of enrolment,” he said.
He also said the number of new electors after special summary revision of 2012-13 has been the highest ever at about a lakh and has been strongly commended and widely appreciated by the commission.