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National Voters’ Day or Rashtriya Matdata Diwas is celebrated on January 25 every year.
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
The day was first celebrated in 2011 to mark Election Commission’s Foundation Day. 25th Jan 2018 was the eighth National Voters’ Day (NVD) and was used to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.
Through National Voters’ Day, the Election Commission’s objective is to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones.
The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in the country and founded in 1950. It administers elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, state legislatures and the offices of the President and Vice President in India.
The significance of National Voters’ Day is to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process. It is a day to celebrate the right to vote and vibrant democracy of India
To increase people’s participation in the electoral process, the Election Commission of India adopted a Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation strategy in 2009 and it got reflected in a range of policy initiatives, programmes and activities.
Source-Times of India.