Date : 25 Jan 2022
National Voters' day celebrationsTags :
Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
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- Vice President, M.Venkaiah Naidu urged the Election Commission and the citizens to ensure a voter turnout of 75 percent in the next General elections to make electoral democracy more inclusive.
- He also sought consensus on simultaneous polls to all the three tiers of federal set-up and move towards better governance by focusing our attention on all-round development of our people.
- In his address on the occasion of 12th National Voters Day, Mr. Naidu stressed that no voter should be left behind and urged the citizens to judge the contestants in the elections on merit.
- Referring to increase in voter turnout from 44.87 percent in the first General Elections to during 1951-52 to the highest ever 67.40 percent for the 17 th Lok Sabha in 2019, Mr. Naidu complimented all stakeholders for the same.
- He hailed the Commission as a credible, responsive and forward-looking institution every votary of democracy can legitimately be proud of.
- The Election Commission's Publication ‘Leap of Faith: Journey of Indian Elections’ was released on the occasion. Another Publication ‘Pledging to Vote - A Decadal Journey of the National Voters Day in India’ was also be launched.
- A national voter awareness contest on social media- ‘My Vote is my Future- Power of One Vote’ was launched to reiterate the importance of every vote through creative expression for the ongoing Assembly Elections 2022.
- Since 2011, National Voters’ Day has been celebrated all across the country on 25th of January every year, to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India.
- The theme for this year's voters' day is ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative’.