Mangan, January 25 (IPR): The 11th National Voters’ Day was observed in the Conference Hall of DAC, Mangan, today. The District Collector (North) Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon was the chief guest of the programme. It also had the presence of the ADM (North), Shri Sonam Lepcha, SP (North) Smt. Ongmu Bhutia, SDM (Mangan) Shri.K.T Bhutia, officials from the Election Department and other administrative officers and staff of the North District.
The theme for this year’s NVD is ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed.’ The significance of NVD is to create active and participative voters during elections.
The ADM offered khada to the chief guest and a senior citizen, Smt. Premkit Lepcha. It may be mentioned that senior citizens are encouraged to participate in the NVD throughout the country to provide encouragement to the newly registered voters. This was followed by the lighting of lamp by the chief guest. The ADM(N) delivered the welcome speech. He advised the young voters to take their universal suffrage seriously and responsibly.
The DC(N) congratulated the young voters and spoke on the theme of being empowered and vigilant. He asked them to be receptive of information disseminated through government portals and verified agencies.
A video message from Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri. Sunil Arora was also broadcasted for the young voters. The DC(N) read out the Voters’ Pledge for the new voters. A PPT on e-EPIC by ADIO (NIC) was also presented.
It was followed by the felicitation and distribution of EPICs to the newly registered voters. A total number of 307 new voters in the age group between 18-19 years were registered and a total of 152 new voters were registered in the above 20 age group. Similarly for Sangha, a total of 18 new voters were registered in the age group between 18-19 years and a total of 41 new voters were registered in the age group above 20.
The National Voters Day is observed throughout the country on 25th January every year since 2011, to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India. Voters who have turned 18 are felicitated and distributed their Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC). The main purpose of the event is to encourage, facilitate and maximize enrolment especially for the new voters and to spread awareness. This helps in promoting informed participants in the electoral process.