Gangtok, 28 Jan (IPR): With the aim to generate awareness towards voting and ensure participation of youth, women, persons with disabilities and all sections of the society in the voting process, the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer here has nominated popular local icons as Ambassadors/ Icons for the forthcoming elections.
Owing to their popularity in the state in various fields, ace footballer Sanju Pradhan and models Peden Ongmu Namgyal and Parmila Chettri have been made State Icons.
Likewise, self-taught engineer Bikal Rai was made the East District Icon and Gold Medalist Special Olympian (2007), Nirmal Chandra Dahal, made the PwD (Persons with Disabilities) Icon.
The names of the Icons were announced and they were felicitated on the occasion of the State level National Voters’ Day program held at Chintan Bhawan here on 25 Jan. They were felicitated on the occasion by Chief Secretary.
These five personalities were roped in by the office of the CEO to engage with the youth and inspire them to become responsible voters. The icons will be responsible for generating voter awareness, enhancing voter turnout and promoting ethical participation among the citizens of Sikkim.
“It is a great honor for us to be chosen as icons by the Election Office Sikkim and we are very grateful for being considered as icons who could influence change and help people make a choice by casting their votes during the election,” said Bikal Rai on the sidelines of the program.
The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer has made short video promos of the nominated Icons to be shown at various places across the state to create interest among the people to vote.
Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Sikkim, Roshni Rai, informed that for the upcoming elections, the Election Commission have emphasized on making PwD-friendly polling stations.
“All arrangements will be made for PwD voters for hassle free voting and Election Commission is engaged to roll out the exact figure of PwD voters in the state,” she states.