SHILLONG: In recognition to the contributions made by poll volunteers in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Meghalaya, felicitated the youth organizations of Meghalaya Bharat Scouts and Guides (MBSG), NSS and NYK at a function held at the Mini Conference Hall, Pine Mount Ridge on Friday.
The felicitation programme was attended by the Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor as the chief guest, additional CEO, RP Marak, Joint Secretary Social Welfare, C Kharkongor, officials from the Election Department and youth organizations.
The Chief Electoral Officer in his speech said that deployment of poll volunteers during the Lok Sabha election has been a successful experience for our young boys and girls who enthusiastically took part in the poll process where they provided and assisted the voters, especially persons with disabilities, pregnant women and senior citizens. The combined efforts of these poll volunteers have resulted in a huge percentage of voters’ turnout, he said.
The CEO said that meaningful engagement of these youth organizations will be a continuation process through the Electoral Literacy Clubs set up in schools and colleges and the department will move this momentum of setting up of ELCs though these youth organizations. He said by engaging the youth, we will be able to ensure that no voter is truly left behind.
Kharkongor thanked the youth organizations for assisting and facilitating PWDs, weaker sections of society, pregnant women and old people. She said that their involvement is a motivation for the voters to turn out in huge numbers to exercise their franchise.