The year 2022 marks the 12th National Voters’ Day this January 25. Also known as Rashtriya Matdata Diwas, it is observed to commemorate the foundation day of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Dedicated to the crores of voters of the country, National Voters’ Day is utilised to spread awareness among the people about the importance of voting and participating in the electoral process of one of the world’s largest democracies.
On this special day, let’s look at the history of our voting system and why voting is one of the most important responsibilities that all you young people must fulfil.
After India attained Independence in August 1947, there was a need to hold General
Elections to elect a truly representative Government on the basis of universal adult suffrage.
Universal Adult Suffrage means to provide all citizens who have attained the age of 18 (previously 21), the right to vote, regardless of their gender, caste, creed or any other orientations. Unlike many democracies of the world, India adopted Universal Adult Suffrage much before Independence, when the constitution was being written.
The Election Commission was formally constituted on January 25 1950, a day before India
became a Sovereign Democratic Republic. This permanent and independent body ensures free and fair elections in the country.
National Voters’ Day is celebrated in India on January 25. It was celebrated for the first time in 2011, across the country, to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India in 1950.
What prompted the government to set aside a day for this event is the growing concern related to the decline in the number of young voters. In order to motivate the youth to participate in the voting process, this awareness initiative was taken.
Schools and colleges are encouraged to observe this day with great enthusiasm by conducting quizzes, debates, mock polls and other events. All this is done so that they do not ever remain in confusion or unaware of their rights.
Facts About the Indian Constitution
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 give 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. The right to vote makes the government answerable to the voter and thus the power ultimately lies with the citizens and not the rulers.
“You wouldn’t let your grandparents pick your playlist. Why would you let them pick your representative who’s going to determine your future?” Barack Obama, Former U.S. President
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”— Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., Activist
“All of us may have been created equal. But we’ll never actually be equal until we all vote. So don’t wait.” — Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor
“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”— Susan B. Anthony, Women’s rights activist
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” Abraham Lincoln, Former U.S. President
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