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National Voters' Day is being observed annually on the 25th of January since 2011, to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India. It aims to encourage the youth who are above the age of 18 years to engage in the political process.
This day also emphasises on the need for the citizens of India to cherish their right to vote. It is observed to impart awareness and enlighten them regarding their voting rights.
The following are a few things to know about the National Voters' Day in 2021:
When and why do we celebrate the National Voters’ Day?
National Voters’ Day is celebrated every year on the 25th of January since 2011. It is observed 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. Eligible voters would be enrolled on time and handed over their Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) on January 25 every year.
What is the theme for this year?
On this day, the Election Commission of India (ECI) commemorates the 11th National Voters' Day with the theme: ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed.’
What and where are the events scheduled for the day?
The President of India earlier today launched the ECI's Web Radio called 'Hello Voters' and also conferred national awards for the year 2020-21. The national award for the Best Electoral Practices is being conferred on state and district level officers.
This year, the event is being held at the Ashok Hotel with the President addressing the gathering virtually from the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
New voters are felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) in the NVD functions.
Above all, this day empowers and encourages all citizens of India to use their right to vote as a weapon to eliminate all the issues pertaining currently.
India is primarily strengthened by the public, the genuine rulers of the Nation. Hence, it is significant for them to value their rights and exercise them freely, as true citizens.
Thus, the Election Commission of India is trying to equip each voter with quality awareness and education on the polling process.
"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." -Mahatma Gandhi.