Hailakandi, April 2: The Hailakandi election district has registered highest voter turnout of 82.33 per cent surpassing the figures of 2016 assembly elections and 2019 parliamentary elections.
In the 2016 assembly election the district recorded 79.87% and 79.48% in 2019 Parliamentary election, an official said.
“Thanks to the slew of initiatives taken up under SVEEP by the election authorities here. Amidst the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic fears, a comparatively muted election campaign, and social distancing measures at polling stations were feared to trigger a decline in voter turnout. But that is clearly not the case in so far as election to three legislative assembly constituencies here is concerned,” the official added.
“The election authorities here worked day in and day out pulling out all stops to ensure large participation in the electoral exercise. Under the stewardship of district electoral officer cum deputy commissioner, Megh Nidhi Dahal comprehensive plans were chalked out with focus on areas with low percentage of voting, especially in urban and interior areas to ensure large turnout this time around. The meticulous and well organised planning worked wonders with the district eclipsing the previous records”, an official release stated.
The Hailkandi district administration to attract the young voters put up selfie corners together with Facebook photo frame evoking response. Voter Express was launched splashed with catchy slogans all over to woo voters. The express voter vehicle crisscrossed the entire election district for nearly 20 to 25 days.
Moreover, LeD display vehicle urging voters to vote too travelled to various parts of the district.
The administration further took slew of measures to attract voters to the respective booths including streaming of music videos, unveiling of sparrow mascot, candle light march and street plays.
On the day of polling on Thursday, the administration gave all women polling stations and 10 numbers of model polling stations a bridal look to woo voters.
Themes such as save environment, save mother earth, save water, save life, shitalpati – a heritage of Hailakandi, rich textiles of Hailakandi and on sustainable farming with display of agriculture implements, seeds locally available together with exhibition by SHGs helped to pull the voters, young and old alike. These polling stations also had waiting sheds for voters to rest with drinking water facility.