Aizawl: In a bid to encourage voters to turn up in large numbers, Mizoram chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra has announced a ‘selfie contest’ for voters, especially first-time voters, on April 11, the day when the northeastern state of Mizoram will hold election to the lone Lok Sabha seat.
Kundra said that people can post ‘selfies’ of voter(s) lining up at polling stations to cast votes or single or group of voters after votes are cast with voters showing their finger marked with indelible ink or voters’ ID on Instagram with the hashtag #MizoramVotes.
Kundra said that entries can also submitted to WhatsApp number-90893293123 which will be accompanied by fitting captions. The best three ‘selfies’ will be given Rs 7,000 as first prize, Rs 3,000 as second prize and Rs 2,000 as third prize, he said.
He added that the winner will also be given certificates along with monetary prizes. The move was to encourage voters especially young and first-time voters to exercise their franchise in large number.
Of the total 7,84,405 electorate, Mizoram has 52,556 first-time voters. Polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat will be held simultaneously with assembly by-election to Aizawl West-I seat on April 11.
The Election Commission has set up 1,175 polling stations across the state, of which 117 are for women and they will be manned by women officials. The CEO also organised 1-minute video clip under title “Vote Thlak Pawimawhna" (Importance of casting votes) in view of the upcoming elections.
As per the results announced by Kundra on Monday, Lalbiakliana of Hrangbana college has bagged the first prize, Lalrinhlua Khawlhring of Theiriat in Lunglei won the second prize and K Laldinthara of Chhinga Veng in Aizawl the third prize.