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Today is National Voters’ Day: History, Theme, and Celebrations

On January 25, 2011, the first-ever National Voters’ Day was observed to encourage more young people to participate in the electoral process.

Every year on January 25, National Voters’ Day is observed to encourage citizens to participate in the electoral process. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the festival.

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On January 25, 2011, the first-ever National Voters’ Day was observed to encourage more young people to participate in the electoral process. A proposal from the law ministry was approved by the Union government, which was then led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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National Voters'
National Voters’

At the time, former information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni noted that new voters over the age of 18 were showing less interest in joining the electoral rolls.

The Election Commission has decided to launch a nationwide effort to identify all eligible voters who turn 18 on January 1 of each year in all polling stations across India to address this issue, according to Soni.

Every year on January 25, such voters would be enrolled and given an Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC).

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Theme

‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible, and Participative’ is the theme for this year’s National Voters’ Day. The chief guest for this event was supposed to be Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. He will, however, deliver a virtual message after becoming infected with Covid-19 and will not be physically present at the event.

Today is National Voters'
Today is National Voters’

Kiren Rijiju, the Union Law Minister, will be the Guest of Honour. During the event, state and district level officers will be recognised for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections in various areas with National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices for the years 2021-22.

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The EPIC, on the other hand, will be handed over to newly enrolled voters during the event.

Koo releases a multilingual voter rights and responsibilities guide.

On the occasion of National Voters’ Day, the microblogging platform Koo has released a multilingual guide on voter rights and responsibilities, aimed at assisting first-time voters in five states in making informed decisions during the upcoming assembly elections. The guide focuses on the basic rights of Indian voters as enshrined in the Constitution, according to a statement, and enumerates the responsibilities voters must consider before and after casting their votes.

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