National Voters’ Days: India To Celebrate 9th National Voters Day Today

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National Voters Day
National Voters Day

The 9th National Voters’ Day will be celebrated across the country today for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process.

The National Voters’ Day is celebrated all over the country on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the Foundation day of Election Commission of India, which was established on 25th January 1950.

The main purpose of the celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters.

In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, No Voter to be Left Behind has been selected as the theme for the National Voters’ Day.

The ninth National Voters’ Day will be celebrated on Friday at more than six lakh locations, covering around 10 lakh polling stations, across the country. During the function, the new voters shall be felicitated and handed over their EPIC (Elector Photo Identity Card).

The event is being organized by Election Commission at Manekshaw Centre in the national capital. The Chief Guest of the function will be President Ram Nath Kovind and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will also be present.

Voting
Voting

In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha Election, ‘No Voter to be Left Behind’ has been selected as the theme for the event. ‘My Vote Matters‘, a Quarterly Magazine is being launched on the occasion and the first copy shall be presented to the President.

The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices shall be conferred to officers for outstanding performance in the conduct of elections. In addition, awards are also being given to CSOs and media houses that have made an outstanding contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach.

Chief Election Commissioners and senior officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Russia and Sri Lanka will also be present. Members of parties, MPs besides diplomats from various countries and representatives from national and international organizations, working in the area of democracy and elections, are also expected to attend the event.

The National Voters’ Day is being celebrated nationwide on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the foundation day of EC, which was established on this day in the year 1950. The main purpose of the celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters. Dedicated to the voters of the country, the day is utilized to spread awareness among voters for promoting informed participation in the electoral process.

As the country celebrates 9th National Voters’ Day (NVD) on January 25, ace table tennis player and Commonwealth medalist Manika Batra will participate in a Delhi programme to raise awareness ahead on Lok Sabha polls.

Manika Batra
Manika Batra

Batra has been chosen as an ambassador by the office of the Delhi chief electoral officer (CEO) and the event marking National Voters’ Day will also see hosting of street plays and felicitation of polling officials.

She has been chosen to spread awareness on voting in Delhi ahead of the general election and on January 25, she will attend the event hosted on the campus of the CEO office,” a senior official told PTI.

He said, a proposal has been sent to cricketer Rishabh Pant to have him on board as another brand ambassador for spreading awareness on voting in the capital city.

President Ram Nath Kovind will be the chief guest at the function being organised by Election Commission at Manekshaw Centre, where Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will also be present.

The CEO office had recently released the final electoral roll ahead of the 2019 general elections, which stands at 1,36,95,291, which is 0.87 per cent less than the total number of electors in the last electoral roll, 1,38,14,866, published on January 10, 2018.

However, the final electoral roll shows an increase of nearly 8 per cent from the total number of electors in the last Lok Sabha polls in 2014, officials said.

A campaign involving Batra will begin soon to promote voting, they said.

Seeking to promote awareness, the office of the Delhi CEO Tuesday had launched a Voter Awareness Forum (VAF), an informal forum for generating discussions and build awareness on the election process.

We had recently launched an awareness programme on EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) and VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail), as part of which we have installed kiosks at various public places across Delhi. And, today this forum has been launched at 300 locations in the city, from state to district levels,” Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh had said at the launch of the forum at the CEO Office here.

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