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National Voter Awareness Week

Background

The Union Cabinet, on January 20, 2011, approved of January 25 to be celebrated as the National Voters Day. This is a significant and important day asthe Election Commission was established in accordance with the Constitution on 25th January 1950. The participation of young voters in the electoral machinery has been poor (in certain cases, as low as 20-25%). The cabinet’s decision to celebrate the National Voters’ Day came as an endeavor to encourage young voters to participate in election procedures.

The Constitution (Sixty-first Amendment) Bill, 1988 lowered the age of voting from 21 years to 18 years. The amendment was made in view of the fact that several countries had adopted 18 years as the official voting age. Furthermore, several states in India allowed 18-year olds to vote for the local authorities.

It was observed that the youth was “literate and enlightened” and “politically conscious” and that “lowering of the voting age would provide to the unrepresented youth of the country an opportunity to give vent to their feelings and help them become a part of the political process.” This led to the official voting age being lowered to 18 years.

However, year after year, it was observed that the modern day young voters were not getting involved in the election procedures in a big way, and continued to remain indifferent to elections as they could not identify with their political leaders. Let's hope that the National Voters' Day initiative changes things for the better.

To deal with the problem of decreasing number of young voters in the country, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to annually identify all voters who will attain the age of 18 on January 1, in all the 8.5 lakh polling stations in the country.

It was an idea that these voters will be enrolled and given their Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) on the National Voters’ Day at a felicitation ceremony which will be organized in the respective polling area. This initiative is expected to create a sense of ‘responsible citizenship, empowerment, pride and participation’ in the youth of today which, in turn, would motivate them to use their franchise.

Vote for India Initiative  

National Voters Day is being celebrated on January 25th by Election Commission of India and State Election Commissions. Vote for India has decided to increase people’s participation in voter awareness activities by involving more numbers of institutions and individuals from non-government sectors like NGOs, Educational Institutions, Civil Society Organizations, Corporate Houses and Embassies & High Commissions.

About National Voters Awareness Week

 

January 25th is National Voters Awareness Day and Election Commission of India celebrates it at National Level in New Delhi and State Election Commissions celebrate it in all states and UTs. Vote for India campaign is going to celebrate National Voters Awareness Week during 21-27 January 2013. The entire week would be full of voter awareness activities at various levels. Major activities of National Voters Awareness Week would be as below :

• Launching ceremony of National Voters Awareness Week at FICCI Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi (21st January 2013);
• Official Launch of Voter Awareness mascot “Mr. Votu”;
• First screening of VFI Anthem“I Vote for India”;
• Launch of Vote for India VFI Campaign Flag;
• Seminar on “Role of youth in making democracy stronger”;
• Inter College skit Competition on title“Mera Vote Mera Desh”;
• Inter CollegeNational Debate Competition on title “My Single Vote Can Bring Change”;
• Educational institution level various voter awareness activities;
• Publication and Launch of National Voters Awareness Week Souvenir 2013;
• Awareness Drive For Voter Registration

 

Details Activities about NVAW

Launching ceremony of National Voters Awareness Week at FICCI
Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi :

The National Voters Awareness Week will be celebrated during 21st to 27th January 2013 and the launching ceremony will be organized at FICCI Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi on January 21st 2013. Most important part of launching ceremony would be participation of 600 new voters who will cast their vote first time in coming elections.

Young voters who have attained the age of 18 years on January 1st 2012 or going to attain the age of 18 years on January 1st, 2013 will be preregistered to take part in National Voters Awareness Week launching ceremony.

Presence of eminent personalities from different fields would make the entire event more colorful and significant.

Official Launch of Voter Awareness Mascot “Mr. Votu”:

Vote for India campaign team is very excited to launch the voter awareness mascot “Mr. Votu” who would travel throughout the country to make voters aware about importance of their invaluable vote. It is expected that the mascot will be very helpful to reach out new voters and youth as it conveys messages of voter awareness very effectively. During field test of Mr. Votu, it was observed that youth are very  enthusiastic to interact and respond Mr. Votu.

First screening of VFI Anthem “I Vote for India” :

Launch of VFI Anthem is highly awaited and during the launching ceremony of National Voters Awareness Week at FICCI Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi on January 21st 2013, the VFI Anthem will be officially launched. More than 600 youth and social activists will sing VFI Anthem together at the time of its launch.

Launch of Vote for India Campaign Flag :

Vote for India campaign has its flag that is yet to be launched. Flag VFI team has decided to launch VFI flag officially during the launching ceremony of National Voters Awareness Week at FICCI Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi on
January 21st 2013.

Seminar on “Role of youth in making democracy stronger” :

On the launching day of National Voters Awareness Week, there is a seminar on “Role of youth in making democracy stronger” is proposed to be organized in which eminent speakers and renowned panelists from different fields of expertise would share their views.

Inter College skit competition on title “Mera Vote Mera Desh”:

An Inter College level skit Competition will be organized on the day of launching of National Voters Awareness Week at FICCI Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi  on January 21st 2013. Students from four selected educational institutions will perform skits and best performance will be awarded. Title of the skit would be “Mera Vote Mera Desh”

Inter College National Debate Competition on title “My Single Vote Can Bring Change”:

During National Voters Awareness Week, an Inter College Debate Competition will be organized. Best debaters of more than 25 Colleges from different parts of the country would be enlisted to participate in final round of National Debate on “My Single Vote Can Bring Change”. Thefinal debate would be organized in New Delhi during National Voters Awareness Week.

Educational institution level various voter awareness activities :

Young voters who have attained the age of 18 years on January 1st 2012 or going to attain the age of 18 years on January 1st, 2013 would be involved in voter awareness activities throughout the National Voters Awareness Week. There would be various activities in different selected educational institutions on voter awareness issues like voting right, women’s participation in increasing voting parentage and role of youth in making democracy stronger etc. These events would be Skit, Poster Campaign, Signature Campaign, Post Card Campaign, Painting Competition, Essay Competition, Slogan Competition, Quiz, Voter Registration Camp and Enlisting of potential volunteer for Vote for India campaign.

Awareness Drive For Registration Voter :

Those who have not yet enrolled in electoral roll will be covered to get themselves registered. This drive will be organized at educational institution level as well as through door-to-door campaign.

 

Expected Impact of NVAW

Impact among Youth:

National Voters Awareness Week will be organized to cover more than 10,000 youth  directly and indirectly through various activities. There is no doubt that none of them will miss to register themselves for electoral roll. They will become more sensitive towards voting rights as well as it will give them the sense of ‘responsible citizenship.

Impact among Parents:

Normally parents are less concern to enroll their children in to electoral roll after attaining the age of eligibility. Various awareness activities during National Voters Awareness Week will make them understand that enrollment of their children who are of 18 years or above is equally important than their own enrollment.

Impact at Institutional Level:

Educational institutes considers voter awareness as secondary issue but after National  Voters Awareness Week activities they will realize that these students are going to  build the nation and making them a responsible citizen is duty if the educational  institute. Also educational institutions would be made aware to facilitate students to  cast their invaluable vote on the day of election.



Vote for India campaign is a registered tradmark of Mass for Awareness organization. that is registered under Societies Registration Act. 1860.

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