The 13th National Voters’ Day was on Wednesday celebrated across the country with President Droupadi Murmu gracing the national level event held at New Delhi. The President presented the National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices for the year 2022. A total of 13 awardees were felicitated for outstanding performance in the conduct of elections during 2022 in different spheres such as IT initiatives, Security Management, Election Management, Accessible Election, Electoral Roll and contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach. The best State award was given to CEO Himachal Pradesh for the conduct of Assembly Elections in 2022 and National Media Award to News Services Division, All India Radio for their outreach and awareness programme.
Addressing the event, President Droupadi Murmu said that the members of the Constituent Assembly expressed immense faith in the wisdom of citizens and made the provision of election on the basis of adult franchise. The people of India have made their belief true. India's democracy is respected as the world's largest, vibrant and stable democracy, the President said.
The motto of the Election Commission "no voter to be left behind" to motivate the voters, is commendable, the President said, adding the collective contribution of the Election Commission and the voters strengthens the electoral process of the country. The President urged all citizens to consider voting as their contribution to nation-building and must vote with the spirit of 'nation paramount'. "It is a great achievement of our election process and our democracy that the active participation of women in the democratic process is continuously increasing," the President.
Also addressing the gathering, CEC Rajiv Kumar acknowledged that the biggest asset of the Election Commission of India is the trust gained due to its professional conduct of elections over the years. He elaborated that while electors in India have increased from about 17 crore in 1951 to over 94 crores now and the voter turn out was the highest ever at 67.4 per cent in 2019 GE, the ECI is committed to motivate the remaining non-voters to come out to the polling station for an inclusive and participative elections, the CEC said.
A first copy of the ECI Publication ‘Electing the First Citizen- An Illustrated Chronicle of India’s Presidential Elections’ was presented to the President by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on the 13th National Voters’ Day. An ECI song- “Main Bharat Hoon- Hum Bharat Ke Matdata Hain '' produced by ECI in association with Subhash Ghai Foundation, was also screened on the occasion.
The National Voters’ Day 2023 was celebrated under the theme "Nothing Like Voting, I Vote for Sure," which is dedicated to voters conveying individual’s feeling and aspirations towards participation in the electoral process through the power of their vote.
National Voters’ Day is celebrated across the country on January 25 every year to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India, i.e. January 25, 1950.
India celebrates 13th National Voters’ Day, President Droupadi Murmu presents national awards for 2022
The National Voters’ Day 2023 was celebrated under the theme "Nothing Like Voting, I Vote for Sure".
Updated 25 Jan 2023, 8:50 pm
First published:25 Jan 2023, 1:03 pm