25th January – the National Voters’ Day!

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WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION

Here goes the Preamble of the largest constitution of the world, Constitution of India. As we live in the nation governed by the rule sets of democratic republic paradigm, voting is our greatest democratic right. Democracy factor gives us the right to select representatives who can lead our nation from different frontiers, be it at national level, state level or territory wise.

25th January is observed as the National Voters’ Day since 2011. The Law Ministry took this initiative along with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to elevate interest of youngsters in the process of voting. It was observed that the level of enrolment of new voters were just 20-25% or even less in some cases.

On the eve of declaring 25th January as National Voters’ Day, the then Minister of Information & Broadcasting Department, Mrs. Ambika Soni told, “In order to effectively deal with this problem, the Election Commission has decided to take up a vigorous exercise to identify all eligible voters attaining the age of 18 years as of January 1 every year in each of the 8.5 lakh polling stations across the country.” She also expressed, “Such eligible voters would be enrolled on time and handed over their Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) on January 25 every year, adding this initiative is expected to give the youth a sense of empowerment, pride and inspire them to exercise their franchise.”

The day also marks the foundation day of the Election Commission of India, which got established on 25th January 1950, and today is the 9th National Voters’ Day celebrated throughout the Nation for enhanced participation of Citizens of India in the process of exercising their franchise to vote. President of India, Shri Ram Kovind is going to head the main function organised by the Election Commission of India, in which, The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices will be conferred on Officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections

Giving priority to the perspectives of the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, “No Voters is to be Left Behind” is the theme adopted for the 9th National Voters’ Day.

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