IMPHAL, Jan 17 - The Election Commission of India has asked the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, to develop creative content for the national print and social media for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, CEO of Manipur PK Singh said today.
Singh also said that Manipur has become the first State in the country to publish the (final) electoral rolls and upload it on the ERO site, earning the praise of the Election Commission.
A total of 19,30,912 voters, including 9,90,960 female, exist in Manipur according to the final electoral roll published on January 11. They are eligible to cast votes across 2,861 (including 603 urban) polling stations located at 2,282 different locations in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“Regarding the assignment for developing the content for the media, the Election Commission of India wrote to us recently,” Singh said. “The appreciation came after seeing our programme called ‘I am Ready’, a SVEEP (systematic voters’ education for electoral participation) campaign prepared by our office for special summary revision which includes the print media, social media and video,” he added.
In the last six months, the office of the CEO, Manipur launched a massive SVEEP campaign which includes awareness programmes through the media, reaching out to people and encouraging youths to register as voters.
“For that we choose youth icons including football stars and singers who have just turned 18 and the campaign has gone well. More than 55,000 people came forward to register as voters, which is a much higher figure than what we have expected,” he said.
He said the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System would be used for the first time in the State in the 17th Lok Sabha election for service voters who are at present registered at 16,643. The final list of the service voters will be published on February 22.
Meanwhile, the office of the CEO, Manipur has also issued 100 per cent EPICs (electoral photo identity cards). The distribution of the remaining 53,000 EPICs will be done on the National Voter’s Day on January 25. So every elector in Manipur will have a photo identity card by that time, he added. The CEO, Manipur will also issue Braille EPICs for around 800 visually impaired voters in the State.