Every year on January 25, National Voters’ Day encourages citizens to participate in the election process. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the festival.
Why is January 25 designated as National Voters’ Day?
The Indian Election Commission was established on January 25, 1950. A union cabinet meeting chaired by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh supported the Law Ministry’s request to designate January 25 as National Voters’ Day during rallies on the government campus in 2011.
At the time, former information and communications minister Ambika Soni noted that new voters above 18 were exhibiting less interest in joining the electoral rolls.
The Election Commission has decided to undertake a statewide effort to identify all eligible voters who turn 18 on January 1 of each year in all polling locations across India to address this issue, according to Soni.
Every year on January 25, such voters would be enrolled and granted an Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC).
This year’s theme
‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible, and Participative’ is the subject for this year’s National Voters’ Day. The chief guest for this event was expected 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 occasion.
‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe, and Informed’ was the subject for the 11th National Voters’ Day in 2021. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Electoral Literacy for a Stronger Democracy.’
Kiren Rijiju, the Union Law Minister, will be the Guest of Honour. During the event, state and district level officers will be recognized for their outstanding performance in elections in various areas with National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices for the years 2021-22. On the other hand, the EPIC will be handed over to newly enrolled voters during the ceremony.