National Voters’ Day is observed annually on 25 January in order to encourage more young voters to take part in the polling process. The day is observed to spread awareness about the importance of voting in a democracy and it also educates people about their voting rights. The day has been observed on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India. However, the main objective of the day is to educate and encourage young voters to vote during elections.
The Election Commission of India was founded on 25 January 1950. During the rallies in the government campus in 2011, a union cabinet meeting chaired by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accepted the Law Ministry’s proposal to enact 25 Jan as National Voters’ Day. This year, the Election Commission of India is observing the 11th National Voters’ Day with the theme ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed.’ The agenda to celebrate voter’s day is to raise awareness of the importance of voting, especially among the newly eligible voters of the country. Voting is a basic process that helps to form a country’s government. One can choose their representatives through voting.
Voting rights enables people the right to question the government about issues and clarifications. It also provides a sense of freedom to express an opinion in major decision making for the benefit of the country in a democratic nation.