06 February 2017 Current Affairs: In a move to encourage active participation in the assembly poll especially by womenvoters, the government of Goa on February 4, 2017 conducted a unique experiment, which involved giving away 600 pink teddy bears to first time women voters across the state.
The teddies were distributed at 40 model polling booths from each of the 40 assembly constituencies in Goa. These polling stations were decorated with pink balloons, pink table cloths, pink walls, while polling officials were also seen wearing pink clothes.
The experiment was seen to be a fruitful effort. The 40 themed polling booths got 2 percent more voting than the average polling rate in all the other regular polling booths.
Goa saw nearly 83 percent voting on February 4, 2017 at 1642 polling stations.Besides, the first time men voters received pen as a gift of appreciation.