“The 40-foot-long traditional Assamese gamosa contains the logo of the Election Commission and urges voters to vote in a one-liner scripted in Assamese, Hindi and English,” additional deputy commissioner Lakhinandan Saharia told reporters on Tuesday.
Bora told The Telegraph that the administration supported the concept as it wanted something different from the routine quiz, roadshows and streetplays under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation programme (SVEEP), the Election Commission’s flagship programme for voter education, awareness and promoting voter literacy.
“We wanted something unique, something which highlighted our tradition and also attracted voters’ attention. The gamosa concept fit the bill under SVEEP. It would also help boost the Election Commission’s no-voter-to-be-left-behind campaign,” he said. “The gamosa cost us about Rs 4,500 and took about 20 days to weave. Inclement weather prevented us from displaying it publicly today (Tuesday) after the official unveiling on Monday in the presence of Election Commission observers. We will unveil it for public display on Wednesday at DIET Field from where poll personnel will leave for their destinations,” he added.
This is the second venture of Pator, a newly married Tiwa woman from Geruwa. In January, she had exhibited another gamosa of the same length, showcasing the works of Srimanta Xankardeb.
Pator said, “I am proud of the gamosa. If I get support, I can do more such things.”