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National Voter's Day: A Step To Encourage Voters To Vote

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| January 25 , 2018 , 16:03 IST

January 25 is celebrated as National Voters Day or Rashtriya Matdata Diwas every year. The theme of this year's National Voters Day is 'Assessable Elections.' The main objective to celebrate this day is to encourage young voters to take part in the political process.

The day was first celebrated in 2011 to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India. The country is celebrating the eighth National Voters Day this year. It is a day to stimulate young generation towards the right to vote so that they can take part in the process of strengthening democracy.

To encourage the youth and to increase their participation in the electoral process, the Election Commission Of India adopted Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation strategy in 2009 and it got reflected in a range of policy initiatives, events, and activities famously known as SVEEP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took Twitter to congratulate the country on the occasion of NVD.

 

Facebook and Election Commission of India have partnered and launched a feature that will send a reminder to users aged 18 and above to take the pledge to vote. By clicking on "Take The Pledge" button, users will be directed to the EC'S Facebook post that will have the National Voters Day pledge.

 “On the 8th National Voters’ Day, the EC is happy to join hands with Facebook for one of the largest voters’ pledges. Through the ‘pledge’ let us renew our commitment to the cause of free, fair, peaceful and participative elections,” Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat said in a statement.

The Election Commission also has shared a video on its Facebook page in relation to National Voters day.