National Voters Day: History, Significance, Theme

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 1, 2022, 7:15

National Voters Day is celebrated on 25th January every year to not only encourage young people to participate in the election process but also emphasize that the right to vote is a fundamental right.

This day has been celebrated nationwide since 2011 to commemorate the establishment of the Indian Election Commission in 1950. Every year, a specific theme is chosen to emphasize the relevance of this day.

National Voters Day History

25ht January is the founding date of the Election Commission of India (ECI), which was established in 1950.

Earlier, eligible voters were aged 21 years and above, but in 1988, the age threshold was reduced to 18 with the 61st Amendment.

National Voters Day Theme

  • 2022: "Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative."
  • 2021 "Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed."
  • 2020: "Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy."
  • 2019: "No Voter to be left behind"
  • 2018: "Accessible Elections"
  • 2017: "Empowering Young and Future Voters"
  • 2016: "Inclusive and qualitative participation"
  • 2015: "Easy Registration, Easy Correction"

National Voters Day 2021 Celebrations

India's Honorary Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu was the main guest of honour at the national event. He did not physically attend the event but did deliver virtual messages.

The National Awards for Best Electoral Practices for the year 2021-22 were presented to state and county officials on the occasion. Awards were bestowed for outstanding achievements in conducting elections in a variety of areas, including IT initiatives, security management, election management, election accessibility, contributions to voter awareness, and public relations.

These awards are also awarded to key stakeholders such as government agencies, ECI icons, and media groups who have made valuable contributions to raising voter awareness.

ECI publications, like 'Leap of Faith: Journey of Indian Elections' along with 'Pledging to Vote – A Decadal Journey of The National Voters Day in India', were released on this day.

A contest to raise awareness among national voters, entitled 'My Vote is my Future- Power of One Vote', was also launched.

National Voters Day Significance

India is a democratic country. All citizens have the basic right to vote. Every person has the right to choose their leader, whoever they believe can lead the country, solve the problems of the common people, and make a difference. Unless we step forward and choose the right leaders, the progress and development of the country will be hindered.

We need to encourage young people to participate in their democratic rights and build a strong network for the next generation. Therefore, National Voters Day is important as it emphasizes the necessity to vote for a capable leader and raise the awareness of the youth to participate in the development of the country.

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FAQs on National Voters Day

Q.1. Why is National Voters Day celebrated on 25th January?

National Voters Day is celebrated on 25th January to commemorate the establishment of the Indian Election Commission on this day in 1950.

Q.2. Where and how can a person vote?

As a general rule, the Election Commission allows people to vote wherever they permanently live. Voters must first register and then find their polling booth based on their constituency. They can access the electoral search website or use the voter helpline app to do so.

Q.3. What is eEPIC?

It is a digital version of one's voter ID and stands for Elector Photo Identity Card. It is accessible from the Voter Helpline app and website.