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  1. Ramesh Kumar

    Best Electoral Practices Award, 2019

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    The Best Electoral Practices Awards are awarded every year on National Voters' Day function for the innovative practices during the elections.
  2. The 9th National Voters’ Day (NVD) was celebrated across the country on 25th January 2019. The theme for NVD this year was ‘No Voter to be Left Behind’ reiterating the commitment of Election Commission of India (ECI) in view of the Lok Sabha elections due this year. Hon’ble President of India Sh. Ram Nath Kovind, while presiding over the National Function organized by ECI at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi hailed various interventions taken up by the Commission for conduct of free, fair and participative elections and particularly appreciated the initiatives for reaching out to voters in the remotest corner to enroll their names in the electoral roll and to encourage them to exercise the Right to Vote. Referring to his recent visit to Gir National Forest in Gujarat where he came to know about set up of a polling station in the remote location that too for a single voter, Shri Kovind lauded the efforts of ECI to make every vote count in consonance with the theme of the year. He said that the framers of our Constitution set up the Election Commission as an independent and constitutional body one day before the birth of the Republic of India. This reflects an immense regard and deep-rooted belief in democracy and the democratic spirit. Talking about the electoral process – beginning with the preparation of electoral rolls and concluding with the declaration of election results – he said it is difficult for an ordinary person to comprehend the complexity of the entire process. The President said that through all this, the credibility of Indian electoral system has continuously strengthened and Indian voters have a firm belief in the integrity, diligence, fairness and transparency of the election mechanism of the country. Applauding winners of the National Awards the President asked them to keep contributing to conduct of free and fair elections. Congratulating the new voters who were handed over the EPIC on this occasion, he asked them to take informed decision while casting their vote and said that their decision will define the future of the country. He said, Voters and Election Commission are most crucial to democracy and they compliment each other and also appreciated various initiatives taken by the Commission under the SVEEP programme particularly mentioning the Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) Programme and the All Women Managed Polling Station initiative. On receiving the inaugural issue of the new magazine of ECI he said that the magazine is most appropriately titled “My Vote Matters” and Every Vote counts equally in the formation of a government. Speaking on the same occasion, Sh Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Law & Justice complimented ECI for the stellar role played by it for strengthening the Indian democracy. He lauded the courage, commitment and foresight shown by successive Commissions for conduct of free & fair elections and said that all should trust and believe the sanctity of the election process. Appreciating various initiatives of ECI for voter education and outreach he said voter education is integral to a good democracy. Earlier while addressing the audience, Shri Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner reiterated Commission’s commitment to make elections more and more inclusive, voter friendly, transparent and festive and shared the new initiatives being taken up for efficient and effective connect with the voters and for strengthening the elector confidence. He briefed the audience about the cVIGIL initiative that provides time stamping proof of model code of conduct and expenditure violation by empowering every citizen to click a photo or video using Smartphone. In his welcome address, Shri Ashok Lavas, Election Commissioner briefed the audience about the significance of the day, saying that on this day we celebrate liberty and maturing of young minds into responsible citizens and thanked all stakeholders including voluntary organisations for their support. The First Issue of ECI’s quarterly bi-lingual magazine ‘My Vote Matters’ was presented by the Commission to the Hon’ble President of India. The new magazine hosts interesting and informative articles on many core subjects, new initiatives and topics of concurrent interest in elections, electoral processes and practices with the objective of developing a larger connect and interface with all the Stakeholders. As part of the regular NVD activity of felicitating the newly eligible voter, 6 young voters from Delhi were handed over their EPIC by the Hon’ble President. The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices were conferred to Officers for outstanding performance in the conduct of elections. Special Awards were given to Departments and Officers from various departments for their contribution in smooth conduct of elections the general election to the Assemblies of 9 states in 2018. In addition, Awards were also given to CSOs and Media Houses who have made outstanding contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach in these elections. (Brochure attached) Chief Election Commissioners and senior officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Russia and Sri Lanka and Heads/Senior Representatives of International Organisations viz. Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre, U.K.; International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, U.K. and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) graced the occasion and also visited the new campus of the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) at Dwarka, New Delhi. Members of Political Parties, Members of Parliament besides Diplomats from various countries and representatives from national and international organizations working in the area of democracy and elections attended the National Voters’ Day function. The National Voters’ Day (NVD) is celebrated all over the country on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the Foundation day of Election Commission of India, which was established on this day in the year 1950. The main purpose of the NVD celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters. Dedicated to the voters of the country, the Day is utilized to spread awareness among voters for promoting informed participation in the electoral process.
  3. Election Commission of India

    National Voters' Day 2016

    National Voters' Day 2016 25th January is celebrated as National Voters’ Day through out India at around 7 lac locations. Unbelievable but true! On this day, the entire nation reverberates with the festivities of democracy as crores of Indians celebrate their right to vote! National Voter’s Day aims at increasing the enrolment of voters, especially encourage participation of newly eligible young voter (18-19 yr old) and ensure universal adult franchise. 25th January, the Foundation Day of Election Commission of India (ECI), was declared as the National Voters’ Day in the year 2011. Since then, National Voters Day has been celebrated all over India with gusto and has become more festive with each passing year. This year marks the sixth celebration of NVD and Election Commission of India started the NVD celebration with ‘Matdata Mahotsav’ (Grand Celebrations of the voter).Matdata Mahotsav, a four-day gala event (14th January to 17th January 2016) was organized at Central Park, Connaught Place - the heart of Delhi. The event showcased an exhibition of best practices from different states of India, other countries & partners of ECI along with a display on preparations & processes carried out by the ECI to bring the ballot to the people. Moreover, music and dance, street plays and games, debates and discussions, quizzes and contests as well as performances by the states and ECI state icons filled the air with celebration. Matdata Mahotsav, a tribute by the ECI to the enlightened voter of our nation, was a grand success and paved way for NVD celebration on 25th January 2016. NVD 2016 The theme of NVD 2016 is ‘Inclusive and qualitative participation’ reiterating the commitment towards reaching out to the last voter and promoting informed and ethical voting. The slogan 'No Voter to be left behind' has been coined to further emphasis the focus on inclusiveness. The National Awards are being conferred for excellence, proficiency and innovation in election processes and procedures. These awards recognize contribution by election machinery, government department/ agency/ PSU, CSO and media. Resources: Message from Dr. Nasim Zaidi, CEC on the 6th National Voters’ Day (English / हिंदी) Message from Dr. Nasim Zaidi, CEC on NVD -2016 (Audio Message - Hindi & English) Press note on NVD (English / हिंदी) Minute to Minute Programme List of Awardees
  4. Election Commission of India

    National Voters' Day 2015

    National Voters' Day 2015 The theme for NVD 2015 was ‘Easy Registration; Easy Correction’. The national level function was organized at Weightlifting Auditorium, JLN Stadium, New Delhi, on 25th January, 2015. The Hon’ble Former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was the Chief Guest on this occasion. On this occasion, the National Awards to Election officials from across the country were given away for ‘Best Electoral Practices’ during the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 besides Awards to Media House and Civil Society Organisations for contributions during the national elections. The electoral roll published after the recently concluded summary revision now carries 84.4 crore names. NVD is now celebrated at around 6 lakh polling station areas and 52 thousand educational institutions.
  5. Thiru P.Ponniah I.A.S.,

    WhatsApp Image 2019-01-25 at 11.42.00 AM

    From the album: 9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Kancheepuram District

    9th National Voter's Day - NVD Pledge - Kancheepuram District
  6. Thiru P.Ponniah I.A.S.,

    WhatsApp Image 2019-01-25 at 1.20.07 PM

    From the album: 9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Kancheepuram District (Tambaram AC)

    9th National Voter's Day Celebrations -Tambaram AC - Kancheepuram District
  7. Thiru P.Ponniah I.A.S.,

    WhatsApp Image 2019-01-25 at 1.12.08 PM

    From the album: 9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Kancheepuram District (Tambaram AC)

    9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Tambaram AC - Kancheepuram District
  8. Thiru P.Ponniah I.A.S.,

    WhatsApp Image 2019-01-25 at 5.05.22 PM

    From the album: 9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Kancheepuram District (Alandur AC)

    9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Pamphlet distribution- Alandur AC - Kancheepuram District
  9. Thiru P.Ponniah I.A.S.,

    WhatsApp Image 2019-01-25 at 5.01.02 PM

    From the album: 9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Kancheepuram District (Alandur AC)

    9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Alandur AC - Kancheepuram District
  10. Thiru P.Ponniah I.A.S.,

    WhatsApp Image 2019-01-25 at 5.01.03 PM

    From the album: 9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Kancheepuram District (Alandur AC)

    9th National Voter's Day Celebrations - Alandur AC - Kancheepuram District

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SVEEPSystematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) is a programme of multi interventions through different modes and media designed to educate citizens, electors and voters about the electoral process in order to increase their awareness and participation in the electoral processes. SVEEP is designed according to the socio-economic, cultural and demographic profile of the state as well as the history of electoral participation in previous rounds of elections and learning thereof.   

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ECIThe Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. The body administers elections to the Lok SabhaRajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country. The Election Commission operates under the authority of Constitution per Article 324, and subsequently enacted Representation of the People Act

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