Himansu Shekhar Rout

In a bid to increase participation and motivate people towards exercising their franchise in the 2024 elections, the Sub-Collector of Baliguda in Koraput district, Rina Pradhan walked the ramp on Wednesday.

The district administration organised an awareness drive in Baliguda of Kandhamal district for voters. A fashion show was organised as a part of the drive during which the sub-collector along with other participants walked the ramp.

The block development officers of nine blocks and tehsildars took part in the drive aimed at encouraging youth voters towards voting and increasing turnout.

Successful participants and senior citizens were also felicitated at the programme. 

Speaking to the media, Pramod Dandasena, a participant said, "Voting is our constitutional right. All should go to the booths to exercise their franchise. The Baliguda administration took such a novel step to sensitise voters.” 

The sub-collector said, "We had allotted a theme to each block for voter awareness. New provisions like voting at home have been added by the Election Commission of India. The administration will reach out to the elderly voters who cannot come to booths. We created awareness through a fashion show and a dance programme.” 

She added that this programme is sponsored by the Election Commission of India as part of the Systematic Voters Education in Electoral Participation initiative.