New Delhi, Jan 27:
The Imphal Regional Office of Central Bureau of Communication has won the Election Commission’s National Award for Best Electoral Practices in the Best Government Department Category, for its contribution in raising voter awareness levels by using traditional folk-dance and drama in its communication campaign during Manipur Assembly Election in Feb-March 2022.
The President of India, Smt. DroupadiMurmu gave away the award at the Annual National Voters’ Day function in New Delhi at the Maneckshaw Centre today to Sh. B. Narayanan, DG (North East Zone), Central Bureau of Communication, who headed the campaign. The officers and staff of regional office of CBC at Imphal, and its five Field Offices in the districts of Manipur, its staff artistes, and the private registered folkdance troupes participated in the SVEEP campaign, which saw around 150 programmes held all over Manipur, especially in remote areas , over a five-week period. The programmes were organised in close conjunction with the Chief Electoral Officer and District Election Officers in Manipur. The programmes were focused on Ethical Voting and No Voter Left Behind themes.
The polling stations where the programmes were held witnessed significantly higher voting levels, compared to the previous Assembly Elections in the state.
A total of 13 awards were given away on the occasion, by the President, including Best State, General Awards, Special Category, and National Media Award, which was given to News Services Division of All India Radio. The National Voters’ Day awards are given away on 25th January every year, which marks the day the Election Commission was founded in 1950.