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Jan 25, 2021

National Voters' Day observed across the country

The National Voters’ Day (NVD) is being celebrated across the country today to encourage, facilitate and maximize enrolment, especially for the new voters. The Day is celebrated on the 25th of January every year since 2011, to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India (ECI). The day aims to spread awareness among voters and for promoting informed participation in the electoral process.

On the occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed a function in New Delhi through video conferencing today. Speaking at the event, President Kovind asked the countrymen to always respect the valuable right to vote saying that it is not a simple right.  He said people across the world have struggled a lot to get the right to vote. Mr. Kovind said often, people do not realise the value of achievements which they get easily.

The President said  people have been given the right to vote without any discrimination on the basis of merit, religion,gender, race, caste and rich or poor in India. He added that for this, we all are indebted to the Constitution makers of the country. He also said  the completion of successful and safe elections in  Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh last year during the COVID-19 epidemic is an extraordinary achievement of the Indian democracy. Mr. Kovind said, in the last 75 years,  India has emerged as a world-wide ideal of democracy and in this achievement, there is an invaluable contribution of the Election Commission as well as the citizens of the country.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the e-EPIC (Electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card) programme. He distributed e-EPICs and Elector Photo Identity Cards to five new voters. e-EPIC, a digital version of the Elector Photo Identity Card can be accessed through the Voter Helpline App and websites.  

Speaking on the occasion, the Law Minister lauded the digital initiatives like e-EPIC of the Election Commission.
Highlighting the initiatives of the poll body,  Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora said the e-EPIC programme is a new beginning.

The theme for this year’s National Voters’ Day is Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed. It also focuses on the commission's commitment towards conducting elections safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indian Constitution was promulgated on the 26th of January 1950.  But Article 324 of the Constitution, which created the Election Commission of India as a constitutional body, was among the very few provisions that was given effect a full two months earlier on the 26th of November 1949.  The Election Commission of India was set up on the 25thJanuary of 1950 a day before India became a republic. 

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