SRINAGAR: On January 25, the 14th ‘National Voters Day’ (NVD) was celebrated across all districts of Kashmir, marking the foundation day of the Election Commission of India established on January 25, 1950. The annual event aims to create electoral awareness, especially among young citizens, and encourage their participation in the electoral process.
The theme for NVD 2024, ‘Nothing Like Voting, I Vote For Sure,’ emphasizes the importance of voting and individual contributions to the democratic process. The celebrations included various activities and programs across different districts, highlighting the significance of the occasion.
In Srinagar, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat flagged off a ‘Run for Democracy’ Walkathon Rally at SKICC, emphasizing the need for citizens to understand the value of participating in the electoral process. A Shikara ride was also flagged off from the banks of Dal Lake to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission.
Across districts like Baramulla, Anantnag, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Kulgam, Kupwara, Shopian, and Bandipora, similar events took place. District officials, election officers, and students actively participated in activities, including pledge-taking ceremonies, rallies, cultural programs, and awareness campaigns to promote the significance of voting.
The celebrations featured speeches from District Election Officers, highlighting the democratic values and the need for citizens, particularly the youth, to exercise their voting rights responsibly. Emphasis was placed on the role of voters in shaping the nation’s destiny and the importance of electoral participation for a vibrant democracy.
In addition to commemorating NVD, districts recognized outstanding contributions by Election Registration Officers, Assistant Electoral Registration Officers, Booth Level Officers, and other officials. Felicitations were extended to new voters, and certificates of appreciation were awarded to those who significantly contributed to voter awareness campaigns.
The events also included cultural programs, skits, and competitions organized by students to convey the importance of voting. The functions aimed to instill a sense of responsibility and awareness about democratic processes, ensuring the active participation of citizens in future elections.
Overall, the National Voters Day celebrations in Kashmir served as a platform to promote voter education, civic responsibility, and the strengthening of democratic values among the residents of the region.