National Voters’ Day is celebrated on January 25 each year in India, and this year marks the 12th observance of the event.
On this day, the Election Commission of India (ECI) creates awareness about the need to participate in the electoral process through voting.
Those who attain 18 years of age get eligible to cast their votes. Below, we look at the history and significance of National Voters’ Day, and the theme for this year.
National Voters Day began as an initiative by the Election Commission of India in the year 2011. A Union Council of Ministers meeting took place under the then Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.
The theme for this year’s National Voters’ Day is ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible & Participative’.
The theme underscores the primary objective for the observance of National Voters’ Day, which is to urge adults to participate in the democratic process of choosing their elected representatives.
The Government of India celebrates National Voters’ Day to identify those eligible to vote, inspire people to vote, and assure voters about the safety of the electoral process.
National Awards are conferred each year to district and state-level election officers, personnel from agencies, PSUs, CSO, and members from the media. Various districts conduct competitions and cultural activities to spread awareness about the importance of voting.