National Voters Day Current Affairs - 2019

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National Voters Day 2019

India is celebrating 9th National Voters Day on 25th January 2019 for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process. The main purpose of celebrating National Voters Day is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters.

Genesis of the National Voters Day

As per the proposal mooted by the Ministry of Law and Justice, the Union Cabinet headed by then Prime Minister approved the proposal to celebrate National Voters Day on 25th January. The National Voters Day was first celebrated on 25th January 2011.

January 25th is celebrated as the National Voter’s Day vowing to the fact that it was on this day the Election Commission of India was constituted on 25th January 1950.

National Voters Day 2019

India would be witnessing the parliamentary elections in 2019, in order to ensure an inclusive election process the theme of the National Voters Day is No Voter to be Left Behind.

President Ram Nath Kovind would be the Chief Guest at the main function being organized by Election Commission in New Delhi. The event is also graced by Chief Election Commissioners and senior officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Russia and Sri Lanka.

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8th National Voters’ Day observed

The Election Commission of India (ECI) celebrated 8th National Voters’ Day across nation for enhanced participation of citizens in electoral process.

The objective of the Day is to increase enrollment of voters, especially of newly eligible ones. It also spreads awareness among voters regarding effective participation in electoral process.  The theme for this years National Voters’ Day is ‘Accessible Elections’ to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.

Key Facts

Various events and national level function were held in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind presented away awards for best electoral practices to District Collectors, Superintendents of Police and other functionaries involved in election management. Media Award 2017 was also given in function. To mark the day, Election Commission and Facebook also launched new feature on the social media Facebook to send reminder to users aged 18 years and above to take the pledge to vote.

Background

National Voters’ Day was initiated in 2011 to commemorate the foundation day of the Election Commission of India (ECI) which came into existence on 25th January 1950. This day is also utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.

ECI is permanent and independent constitutional body established directly by Constitution of India to ensure fair and fair elections in the country. It is multi-member body and currently has three members including Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).

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