9th National Voters’ Day celebrated across India

Bhubaneswar: National Voters’ Day is celebrated every year on January 25 to enhance participation of youth in the electoral process. In a democracy, voters’ play a very important part. Significance of showcasing your opinion and awareness of a voter is given prime importance on National Voters’ Day.

Then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government initiated National Voter’s Day on January 25 2011 to mark the Election Commission’s foundation day.

The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices will be conferred on Officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections.

President Ram Nath Kovind will be the Chief Guest at the main function being organized by Election Commission in New Delhi. Chief Election Commissioners and senior officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Russia and Sri Lanka will also grace the occasion.

The main purpose of the celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters.

The theme of this year’s National Voters’ Day is “Accessible Elections.” No voter to be left behind will be the motto this year, in view of upcoming General Elections.

Odisha’s State Election Commission has organised a Cycle Rally. Students from various schools and colleges are expected to be a part of the rally.

Wishes via Twitter

PM Narendra Modi tweeted, ” Greetings on #NationalVotersDay. This is a day to reaffirm our commitment towards further strengthening our democracy by unfailingly participating in democratic processes at the local, state and national levels. Your doing so will go a long way in building a New India. .”

CM Naveen Patnaik wished the state via his official Twitter handle. He said,” Universal Adult Suffrage is a constitutional right guaranteed to every citizen, irrespective of religion, race, caste and socio-economic condition. Let’s celebrate the rich democratic tradition on #NationalVotersDay & cast our votes responsibly to further strengthen democracy.”

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