National Voters' Day on Jan 25, 3.83 cr new voters registered

Second National Voters' Day (NVD) will be observed on January 25, a practice that was initiated last year to commemorate the foundation day of the Election Commission of India and also to enhance the participation of the voters, especially the youth, in the democratic process .

The Election Commission's objective behind National Voters' Day is to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones, by using this occasion to make universal adult suffrage a complete reality, and thereby enhance the quality of Indian democracy.

As per the reports of Voters' registration, approximately 3.83 crore new registrations have been done throughout the country, out of which 1.11 crore are in the age group 18-19 as on January 1, 2012, which was the qualifying date.

Last year 52 lakh young voters, who had attained the age of 18 years, had been enrolled which marked the biggest empowerment of youth on a single day anywhere in the world. This year, the number has more than doubled.

During the last 60 years, the Election Commission of India has conducted 15 General Elections to the Lok Sabha (House of the People) and 331 general elections to State Legislative Assemblies, thus facilitating peaceful, orderly and democratic transfer of power.

The Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will grace the second National Voters' Day function and distribute Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) to 20 newly eligible and enrolled voters of Delhi, belonging to different sections of society, along with a badge "Proud to be a Voter- Ready to Vote".

The Commission has also been emphasizing this year to enroll as many women voters as possible by running women specific campaigns.

As a part of the run-up to NVD, the Election Commission has been running a comprehensive Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) campaign to attract and educate voters across the country, especially the youth and the women.
source: India Today

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