12th National Voters' Day 2022: History, Significance, Theme and Know Why is Celebrated
12th National Voters' Day 2022: It is celebrated on 25 January. The main objective behind the celebration is to encourage, facilitate, and maximise enrolment, especially for new voters. The day has been celebrated since 2011 across the country to mark the foundation of the Election Commission of India, i.e. 25th January 1950.
Greetings to all countrymen on #NationalVotersDay, also the Foundation Day of the #ElectionCommission of India. This years theme is ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative’. #AmritMahotsav pic.twitter.com/YPGBJZWeNn— Ministry of Culture (@MinOfCultureGoI) January 25, 2022
It is celebrated every year with a particular theme. It not only encourages the youth to participate in the electoral process but also focuses that the Right to vote as the basic right.
National Voters' Day 2022: When is National Voters' Day Celebrated?
National Voters' Day is celebrated on 25 January to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India.
National Voters' Day: History
25th January is the foundation day of the Election Commission of India (ECI) which came into existence in 1950. This day was first celebrated in 2011 to encourage young voters to take part in the electoral process. No doubt it is the day to celebrate the right to vote and also the democracy of India. Election Commission's main objective is to increase the enrolment of voters, especially the eligible ones.
Let us tell you that earlier the eligibility age of the voter was 21 years but in 1988 it was lowered to 18 years. The Sixty-First Amendment Bill of 1998 lowered the voter's eligibility age in India.
National Voters' Day: Celebrations
This year, Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has consented to be the Chief Guest for the national function. However, he won't be physically attending the event but will deliver a virtual message. Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister for Law and Justice will grace the function as the Guest of Honour.
National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices for the year 2021-22 will be conferred on State and District level officers to mark the occasion. Awards are conferred for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections in various spheres including IT initiatives, Security Management, Election Management, Accessible Elections, and contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach. These awards will also be given to important stakeholders like government departments, ECI icons, and media groups for their valuable contribution towards voters' awareness.
The new voters would also be felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC).
An ECI Publication ‘Leap of Faith: Journey of Indian Elections’ will be released. Another Publication ‘Pledging to Vote – A Decadal Journey of The National Voters Day in India’ will also be launched. A contest for national voter awareness will also be launched namely 'My Vote is my Future- Power of One Vote’.
It is a digital version of the Elector Photo Identity Card that can be accessed through the Voter Helpline App and websites.
He will also release three publications of the Election Commission during the event. Copies of these documents will be presented to the Honourable President of India. Three publications are Conducting Election During Pandemic- A Photo Journey, SVEEP Endeavours: Awareness initiatives during Lok Sabha Election, 2019, and Chalo Karen Matdaan.
Where a person can Vote?
Generally, the electoral commission allows a person to vote in the place where he or she resides or lives. If voting is done from two or more different places it is considered as an offence and this should be intimated to the Electoral Commission whenever he or she changes his or her place of living. In other words, we can say that it is a crime. When a person turns 18 years of age, as a citizen of India, he or she can enroll himself or herself as a voter. Also, the Election Commission revises the electoral rolls every five years and also before an election. At the time of voting, it is not necessary to carry a voter id, you can carry your PAN card, Driving license, Adhaar Card, etc.
National Voters' Day: Significance
India is a democratic country. Every citizen has the basic right to vote. He or she has the right to select his leader to whomever they think is capable of leading the nation, solving the problems of common people, bringing about change, etc. National Voters Day is a significant root of India as the future of the country lies in the leader that we choose.
Just think once, that if we do not come forward and choose the right leader then the progress and development of the country will be hampered and will also affect the people of the country. It is the leader of the country who decides various basic big projects and several things. If the basic system will not be developed properly it may lead to under construction of roads, electricity connection problems, etc. Hence, we should encourage youth to participate and build a strong network for the coming generation who will make sure to cast their votes without fail.
National Voters' Day: Theme
National Voters Day Theme 2022 "Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative."
National Voters Day Theme 2021 "Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed."
National Voters Day Theme 2020 "Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy."
Theme 2019: “No Voter to be left behind”
Theme 2018: "Assessable Elections"
Theme 2017: "Empowering Young and Future Voters"
Theme 2016: "Inclusive and qualitative participation"
Theme 2015: "Easy Registration, Easy Correction"
Therefore, we can say that National Voters' Day is an important day celebrated in India every year on 25 January to spread awareness among the youths so that they can cast their votes to a responsible person and participate in the development of the country.
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