Write-click-decorate spells poll innovation

This initiative seemed to find favour with the youngsters

By Pankaj Sarma in Guwahati
  • Published 24.04.19, 12:26 AM
  • Updated 24.04.19, 12:26 AM
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The selfie corner at L.O.G. Hindi High School in Guwahati. The Telegraph picture

Assam tried the tech-savvy way as well as the colours of tradition to attract voters to the polling stations in the final phase of elections on Tuesday.

These included selfie points, handwritten letters, polling booths adorned with traditional décor and children’s playing arenas.

A voluntary organisation, the Guwahati branch of the Marwari Sammelan, here set up selfie points outside four polling stations — at L.O.G. Hindi High School, Terapanth Bhawan, Mahaveer Bhawan and Agarwal Bhawan— for voters to click selfies flaunting their inked fingers.

This initiative seemed to find favour with the youngsters. “This is a wonderful initiative to attract voters,” said Harsha Sharma, a young voter.

The executive president of the NGO, Pradeep Bhuwalka, said they set up the selfie points as it has become a trend for people to take pictures after casting their vote and uploading them on social media.

The Goalpara administration also set up a selfie station at a model polling booth to encourage people to vote.

In Nalbari district, the district authorities beautifully decorated a model polling booth at Bongaon under Barpeta Lok Sabha constituency with traditional art and crafts showcasing the local culture.

“It was a part of our efforts to give a festive feel to the voters. Voters from other polling stations came to see this booth,” Nalbari deputy commissioner Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury told The Telegraph.

“We created a play house so the children accompanying their parents could enjoy themselves till their parents cast their vote,” he added.

A free health check-up of voters was also held here.

Choudhury felicitated an all-woman polling party with flowers and gamosas after they returned from poll duty in the evening.

Choudhury had sent letters in his own handwriting to thousands of young and elderly voters urging them to exercise their franchise.

“These voters were encouraged to receive the letter from me. It felt good to see many of them turning up at the polling stations today carrying the letter,” he said.

In the run-up to elections, the district administration had involved folk artistes to reach out to voters. “The folk artistes spread awareness about the importance of voting through puppetry, ojapali and dhulia. The people lapped it up,” he added.