Bhubaneswar, Oct 28: Today Odisha celebrated the festival of democracy in the form of a state level walkathon and Patha Utsav at Bhubaneswar signalling the beginning of Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls 2024.
The walakthon was flagged off by Nikunja Bihari Dhal,IAS Additional Chief Secretary and Chief Electoral Officer Odisha in the presence of District Election Officer Khordha Sudarshan Chakravarthy, senior officers, and the electoral icons.
A large number of students (17+),BLOs,campus ambassadors and citizens participated in the grand event.
Various awareness programs and cultural events were conducted on the SSR and electoral process related themes. Kiosks for on the spot voter registration, replica of a polling station, EVM awareness camp, quiz, Rangoli and painting were the other major attractions.
Similar events were also organised at all district head headquarters,sub division head quarters and Municipal corporations by the district election officers.
The focus is to encourage and facilitate enrolment of all 17+ and make the democracy stronger through high electoral participation .
Nikunja Bihari Dhal,IAS Additional Chief Secretary & Chief Electoral Officer, commissioner of police Soumendra Priyadarshi,BMC commissioner V Kulange ,Khordha Collector Sri Sudarshan Chakravarthy ,ADM Khordha Pratap Beura,ADM Bhubaneswar Rudra Mohanty, Addl CEO Sri Satrughna Kar, Subcollector Bhubaneswar Chinmaya Acharya , Financial Advisor Sri Sanjay Lugun and Deputy CEO Padmaja Dash and other officers were present.
A large number of students (17+),BLOs,campus ambassadors of mun b mita and citizens participated in the grand event.
Along with CEO, the election youth icon women grandmaster Padmini Rout, eminent scientist and Infosys science prize winner BedangDas Mohanty and Social Activist Ms Sadhana Mishra(transgender icon) were present in the event and addressed the gathering for casting of vote for a better future.