The Election Commission of India celebrated the 8th National Voters’ Day across the country on 25th January for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process. The National level function was held in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind gave away awards for best electoral practices to District Collectors, Superintendents of Police and other functionaries involved in election management.
“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” Hillary Clinton
History of National Voters Day
The National Voters Day was started in the year 2011 to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India. As the new voters (who attained the age of 18 years) showing less interest in getting enrolled in the electoral process, Dr Manmohan Singh created this day to deal with this problem. As the level of the young voters was low as 20-25% percent, Election Commission has decided to take up a vigorous step to identify all eligible voters who are attaining the 18 years of as of January 1 every year in each of the 8.5 lakh polling stations across the country. These eligible young voters must be enrolled on time and handed over their Electoral Photo Identity Card on every January 25. Ambika Soni, Information and Broadcasting Minister said that adding this initiative will provide the sense of empowerment and pride among the young voters.
On National Voters Day, new voters will be provided with the badge of “Proud to be a voter – Ready to vote.” The slogan of “No Voter to be left behind” has also been added to increase the focus on inclusiveness further. On this day, National awards will be conferred for the excellence, proficiency and innovation in the election procedures and processes. These national awards will recognise the contribution by Election machinery, government department/ agency/ PSU, CSO and media. On National Voters Day 2015, the disability activist Satendra Singh’s RTI caught Election Commission of India off-guard when they were found violating Supreme Court orders to enfranchise voters with the disability.
Themes of National Voters Day
2011 – “Greater Participation for a Stronger Democracy.”
2013 – “Inclusion.”
2015 – “Easy Registration, Easy Correction.”
2016 – “Inclusive and qualitative participation.”
2017 – “Empowering Young and Future Voters.”
2018 – “Assessable Elections.”
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