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14th National Voters’ Day celebrated across the country with the theme ‘Nothing Like Voting, I Vote for Sure’

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The 14th National Voters’ Day was celebrated across the country today with the President of India Shrimati Droupadi Murmu gracing the national level event held at New Delhi. Union Minister of State for Law & Justice (Independent Charge) Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, was the Guest of Honour. The Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar, Election Commissioners Shri Anup Chandra Pandey, Shri Arun Goel received the dignitaries on the occasion. 

President Smt. Droupadi Murmu in her address congratulated the citizens for making India the world’s largest and vibrant democracy. She said that in the illustrious journey of democracy in the country, ECI has played a very significant role with successful conduct of 17 Parliamentary elections and over 400 state assembly elections. With 96 crore voters, 1.5 crore election officials and 12 lakh polling booths across the country in the forthcoming General Elections 2024, the President said that Indian elections are a testament to the meticulous planning and execution by ECI, making it the world’s largest logistics exercise. Use of technology in voting sets an example for the world, showcasing our nation’s commitment to progress and efficiency in the electoral process, she added.

She complimented the Election Commission of India for undertaking remarkable initiatives to ensure a smooth and inclusive electoral process. She also commended the current and past ECI teams that ensure free, fair and participative conduct of elections in challenging situations.

While speaking on voter awareness and literacy, the President hailed the “Chunav Ka Parv, Desh Ka Garv” campaign as meaningful and inspirational. Further underlining the commission’s initiatives, the President said that the inclusion of electoral literacy into the national curriculum and the steps taken to include young people into the voters’ fold are commendable. She concluded her address by saying that the young voters who received their first EPIC cards today represent the future of India’s democracy when the country celebrates its golden year of 100 years as an independent nation in 2047. 

Guest of Honour, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal said that the ECI has played a significant role in the long journey of India’s democracy with free and fair conduct of elections since 1952. Taking a leaf out of the pages of history, Shri Meghwal said that the framers of the constitution after a long struggle enshrined the principle of adult suffrage, which served as a beacon for the newly independent countries in that period. He added that the electoral processes have evolved over the years with electoral reforms happening from time to time in response to several committee recommendations and the demands by the Parliament.

CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar in his address said that the unwavering trust of 96 crore electors in the Election commission of India is both the foundation and a source of motivation for the successful conduct of elections. Referring to the free, fair, inclusive and peaceful conduct of elections in 9 states in 2023, he emphasized that the Commission is committed to give all stakeholders the best possible experience and level playing field for all political parties in forthcoming Parliamentary Elections. He said that “It is the endeavor of the Election Commission of India to make the example of Indian elections notable across the world and further strengthen the image of India’s electoral system as a gold standard in the entire world”.

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