National Voters’ Day 2018: Ahead of the Republic Day on January 26, India is today (January 25) celebrating National Voters’ Day. The theme of the National Voters’ Day 2018 is ‘Accessible Elections’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion, has urged all eligible voters to register themselves and use their right to vote to strengthen the democracy. In a tweet, he wrote, “Greetings to everyone on #NationalVotersDay. Congratulations to the Election Commission of India, which was founded on this day.” He also attached a video in which he can be heard explaining his vision of New India – where there is harmony, peace, and prosperity for everyone. “I urge all the eligible voters, particularly youngsters, to register themselves and strengthen our democracy with their participation. The power of a vote is immense,” said Modi, in another tweet.
What is National Voters’ Day?
January 25th is the foundation day of the Election Commission, which came into being on this day in 1950. The significance of National Voters’ Day is to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process. It is a day to celebrate the right to vote and vibrant democracy of India. This will be eighth National Voters’ Day (NVD) and will be used to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process. Through National Voters’ Day, the Election Commission’s objective is to increase enrollment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones.
This year the Election Commission of India and Facebook have collaborated. The popular social media platform has rolled out a new feature on the platform that will send a reminder to users aged 18 years and above to take the pledge to vote. By clicking on “Take the Pledge” button, users will be directed to the EC’s Facebook post which will have the National Voters’ Day pledge. “On the 8th National Voters’ Day, the EC is happy to join hands with Facebook for one of the largest voters’ pledges. Through the ‘pledge’ let us renew our commitment to the cause of free, fair, peaceful and participative elections,” Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat said in a statement.
How to enroll as a voter?
A citizen can enroll as voter after he or she turns 18 years of age. The electoral rolls are revised once in five years as well as prior to an election. The Commission periodically does house-to-house enumeration. However, an individual has to be pro-active in getting his/her name enrolled on the voter list.
The Election Commission of India is an autonomous and Constitutional body. It is responsible for administering election process in the country. The body administers the elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, state legislatures and the offices of the President and Vice President in India.