January 25 signifies a day that is marked down to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process. It was in 2011 that the Government of India decided to celebrate this day every year as ‘National Voters’ Day’ or Rashtriya Mat-data Diwas. It was the Union Cabinet, chaired by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who had approved a Law Ministry proposal to this effect.
It was observed that these new entrants into the voting arena, once they were 18 years, showed a certain disinterest in getting themselves enrolled into electoral rolls. This made it imperative to create awareness among the new set of voters coming up across the country to fully understand their role to become actively involved in the voting process.
In a bid to effectively deal with the issue the Election Commission decided to identify eligible voters who attain the age of 18 years, every January in every polling station across the country. Such eligible voters now get enrolled on time and are given an Electoral Photo Identity Card or EPIC on January 25 every year. This initiative is also to give the youth a sense of empowerment, pride and inspire them to exercise their franchise.
These young voters are made to feel proud to be ready to vote. It is certainly is a joy to observe these youthful voters catching up with the electoral processes in our country. ‘One person, one vote’ is a democratic right that is ensured to this section of the population ready to join the ballot too. These young or first-time voters are said to be vital for the ballot that often appears to be a truism in Indian politics.