Panaji: In an attempt to help register left-out voters on the electoral roll, North Goa Collectorate has launched a contest for North Goa Booth-Level Officers (BLOs) linked to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), wherein the BLO registering maximum voters from the group of left-out voters, would be awarded a special prize.
The contest is open from February 11 to February 18. Chief Electoral Officer Kunal launched the contest at a special function on Monday.
North Goa Collector Levinson Martins, speaking on the occasion, said that through the contest, they aim at registering maximum voters in the electoral roll.
CEO Kunal, addressing the BLOs, said that 30,000 Persons with Disability (PwD) are identified in Goa, and efforts should be made to register maximum voters from this group as also add them to the database of the office of the CEO. He also maintained that it is very difficult to identify deaf and intellectually disabled persons and hence help would be sought from the department of social welfare to recognise them.
Speaking further, Kunal said that wheelchairs are being procured to help the voters with PwD tagging, as also facilities like ramp, toilet, drinking water and lighting at all the polling stations would be provided compulsorily.
Predicting that a lot of fake news would be circulated on social media during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls as such news has become a part of marketing linked to the election campaign, Kunal directed the BLOs to get accustomed to all forms of social media including facebook, twitter and WhatsApp, so that they can identify the fake news circulated around.
Kunal also informed that the office of the CEO, within a week’s time would be organising awareness training for the voters as regards proper usage of the Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system for voting.
“Altogether 40 teams would be deployed for the purpose and will work in all 40 electoral constituencies in the state to teach voters proper use of the VVPAT system,” he added.
Goan actor Tapan Acharya, who has been chosen by the office of the CEO as the icon for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election, said that the voters should use the toll-free National Voters Helpline 1950, to verify their registration.
Registration of the voters in the electoral roll will continue till the last day of filing of nomination papers for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. [NT]