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National Voter’s Day

Posted by Admin on January 25, 2018 | Comment

National Voters Day A Step towards spreading awareness

National voter’s day aka Rashtriya Matdata Diwas in Hindi is celebrated every year on January 25. It was first celebrated in the year 2011 in order to mark the foundation day of Election Commission(EC).

The Significance

The main objective of observing the day is to encourage people to exercise their right to vote. Since many people in the country stay away from voting, celebrating the day is a means to encourage them to take part in the process and eventually strengthen the democracy. The day effectively creates an environment where finding the motivation to vote is plain easy.

Some Facts

Every year, lakhs of people enter into the age group eligible for voting. So on this day, the Commission dispenses them identity cards. And it has been surveyed that young voters are least interested in voting, resulting in a low percentage of voters concentrated in the age spectrum of 18-25. One of the main purposes of celebrating the day is to get the younger generation interested in the voting process. Various events and programs are conducted, especially to attract the youth of the country. The Commission also makes note of every state where voter strength is minimal and list them out for conducting special programs on the day to get their attention towards the issue.

Country-Wide Celebrations

Different parts of the country celebrate it in their own way, treating it like just another festival. Also, the day can be freely molded according to the time and need. Each year the day adopts a different theme and can vary from state to state. For instance, in Haryana this year, the day is marked with rangoli making, street plays & rallies, declamation competitions and essay writing. Talking about the polls bound states, Meghalaya had its Election Commission wish all the millennium voters, those who born on January 1, 2000, for getting eligible to vote in the year 2018. And in Bengaluru, the city has decided to bank upon the power of millennials. They have been made the ambassadors of SVEEP(Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation), a popular program to enhance people’s involvement in the electoral process. In Manipur too, the new voters would be felicitated and has an interesting theme of “Assessable Elections”.

The appeal of the day is undeniably huge. PM Narendra Modi too has urged people to register themselves as voters. The current 8th national voters day would also have a social media presence through platforms like Facebook.