The nation celebrated the 9th National Voters Day on Friday to generate awareness for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process.
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 this year.
The day aims to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrolment, especially for the new voters.
‘India A Shining Example’
President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the 9th National Voters’ Day stating that the Indian democracy is a shining example for the world. It is both the largest and most diverse democracy, he pointed out.
India’s sheer size and the logistics of elections in our country make it critical to embrace modern technology. India’s democracy and electoral system is held in high regard internationally.
– President Ram Nath Kovind
He said that the contribution of all stakeholders in the election process is important but two stakeholders stand out. These are the voters and the Election Commission. In their roles, they complement each other.
Many countries’ election institutions have studied India’s electoral management system which has helped them in training officers and building capacities.
Talking about the theme this year, the President noted that the principle behind it is to uphold the equality of political rights and of universal franchise.
A general election in a democracy is akin to a sacred ritual.
–President Ram Nath Kovind
Urging all the eligible citizens to participate in the general election of 2019, he said that each vote will encourage another voter, and each vote will strengthen India’s democracy.
PM Modi Greets People
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to wish the nation on the National Voters Day.
I urge people from all walks of life to create awareness on voter registration and especially request my young friends to register themselves as voters if they have not done so already. Every vote cast enhances our democratic fabric.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 25, 2019
PM Modi said that it is a day to reaffirm the commitment towards further strengthening India’s democracy by unfailingly participating in democratic processes at the local, state and national levels.
Doing this would go a long way in building a New India.
9th National Voters Day
The main function was organised in New Delhi by the Election Commission of India. While President Ram Nath Kovind was the Chief Guest, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present.
The Commission launched ‘My Vote Matters’, a quarterly magazine, and the first copy of it was presented to the President.
The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices were conferred on the officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections.
In addition, awards will also be given to Civil Society Organisations and Media Houses who have made 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 were present at the function.
Besides this, the day was celebrated at more than six lakh locations covering around ten lakh Polling Stations across the country.
New voters were felicitated and handed over their EPIC (Elector Photo Identity Card) in the function.
Celebrating The National Voters Day
Since 2011, the National Voters Day is celebrated all over the country on 25 January every year to mark the Foundation Day of the Election Commission of India. The institution was established in 1950.
Dedicated to the voters of the country, the day is utilized to spread awareness among voters for promoting informed participation in the electoral process.