11 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: The State Level SWEEP Committee today recommended the names of athlete Dutee Chand, para athlete Jayanti Behera, para badminton player Pramod Bhagat, singer Rituraj Mohanty, Odisha cine actress Shivani Sangita and actor Swaraj as ‘Sttae Icons’. The names have been sent for the seal of approval of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
SWEEP is the acronym of Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SWEEP).
As per a press note released by the State Information & Public Relation Department, the State Level SWEEP Committee was held today under the chairmainship of Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar.
The CEO said that the State Icons will be engaged in various voter awareness programmes in a bid to woo the new and youth voters to the polling booths for exercising franchise so that our democracy will be made stronger.
It was also revealed that SWEEP Committees have been formed in 2908 schools and 665 colleges in the State here. The awareness campaign is being done in the 30 districts of Odisha by the respective District Level SWEEP Committee headed by the respective District Election Officers.
The meeting also revealed that Odisha stand second in the entire country till date with regard to identifying the differently-abled voters. Total 4,70,000 differently-abled voters of Odisha will exercise their voting rights in this year’s general elections.