PM praises Election Commission of India on National Voter`s Day
On Monday, that is National Voter`s day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Election Commission of India (ECI) for ensuring smooth conduct of elections and strengthening the Indian democracy.
The National Voters’ Day is on January 25 every year since 2011 as the Election Commission of India was found on this day in 1950.
“National Voters Day is an occasion to appreciate the remarkable contribution of the EC to strengthen our democratic fabric and ensure smooth conduct of elections. This is also a day to spread awareness on the need of ensuring voter registration, particularly among the youth,” tweeted PM Modi on Monday.
This year`s National Voter`s Day theme is, ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed’, so that there are active and participative voters during elections. It is also important for the ECI to conduct safe elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Voters Day is expected to encourage the new voters and facilitate and maximize their enrolment.
“Dedicated to the voters of the country, the day is utilized to spread awareness among voters and for promoting informed participation in the electoral process. New voters are felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) in the NVD functions,” the government said in a release on Sunday.
“The Election Commission is celebrating the 11th National Voters Day on Tuesday and President Ram Nath Kovind will be the chief guest at an event being organized in New Delhi by the poll watchdog. Union Minister for law and justice Ravi Shankar Prasad will be the guest of honor. Prasad will launch the electronic version of the voter identity card, which can be downloaded on a mobile phone or a computer”, officials said according to PTI.
The e-elector photo identity card is a non-editable digital version of the elector photo identity card and it can be saved in facilities such as a digital locker and can be printed in PDF format.
The government release said, “the physical card takes time to print and reach the voter and the idea is to provide faster delivery and easy accessibility to the document”.
“Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch the e-EPIC program and distribute e-EPICs and Elector Photo Identity Cards to five new voters,” it said on Sunday.