The strength of a nation lies in the power of its citizens to make their voices heard through the ballot, a principle deeply embedded in the Indian Constitution. National Voters Day, observed annually on January 25, symbolizes the celebration of democracy and the pivotal role voters play in shaping the destiny of their country.
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Historical Background and Significance
Established in 2011, National Voters Day was initiated to encourage the active participation of young voters in the electoral process. Recognizing the diminishing interest among new voters to enroll in electoral rolls, the Election Commission launched a nationwide effort to identify eligible voters turning 18 on January 1 each year. This led to the distribution of Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) every January 25, a tradition that has continued for the past 14 years.
National Voters Day 2024: Theme
The theme for National Voters’ Day 2024, “Nothing Like Voting, I Vote For Sure,” echoes the sentiment of individual commitment towards participating in the electoral process. The theme, a continuation from the previous year, emphasizes the profound impact of informed decision-making through the power of voting.
Events and Distinguished Guests
The main event in New Delhi will be graced by the presence of President Droupadi Murmu as the Chief Guest, alongside Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, Arjun Ram Meghwal, as the Guest of Honour. Representatives from Election Management bodies of various countries, including Maldives, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, and Uzbekistan, will also attend the celebration.
Awards and Recognition
National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices will be conferred on state and district level officers for their outstanding contributions in different aspects of election management. Stakeholders such as government departments, ECI icons, and media groups will also be honored for their significant roles in enhancing voters’ awareness.
To enhance voter education and awareness for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, a short film titled “My Vote My Duty,” produced by the Election Commission in collaboration with filmmaker Raj Kumar Hirani, will be screened. Additionally, a commemorative postage stamp themed “Inclusive Elections” will be released, emphasizing the importance of inclusive participation.
Campaign and Exhibitions:
An innovative multimedia campaign for voter education and awareness, aimed at the 2024 Parliamentary elections, will be launched. A multimedia exhibition will showcase the grandeur of Indian elections, electoral reforms, technological advancements, and election management innovations.
National Voters’ Day serves as a reminder of the responsibility and privilege each citizen holds in contributing to the democratic fabric of the nation. As the 14th edition unfolds with enthusiasm, it underscores the importance of informed and active participation in the electoral process, shaping the future of the world’s largest democracy.