National Voters’ Day: As PM hails EC’s ‘phenomenal’ work, Justice Minister Rijiju warns critics

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As PM hails EC’s ‘phenomenal’ work, Justice Minister Rijiju warns critics

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the Election Commission on Tuesday, saying India’s electoral process has set a benchmark for various counties. These remarks were made even as the EC marks the 12th National Voters Day and preparations continue for Assembly elections to be held in five states.

“India is one of the countries where the Election Commission can issue notices to people and transfer officials. Our EC and election process has set a benchmark for various countries,” Prime Minister Modi said during a briefing. interaction with members of the Bharatiya Janata party.

“Today is National Voters Day…a day to applaud the phenomenal work of the EC and support all efforts to strengthen our democracy as well as increase voter participation,” he said. added in a tweet.

“The right to vote was granted to every adult citizen of India at the same time that India was gaining its freedom. For a newly independent country with an 18% literacy rate, this was a truly radical decision” , Chief Electoral Commissioner Sushil Chandra recalled today. This year, the EC has chosen the theme “For inclusive, accessible and participatory elections”.

On this occasion, Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today urged the Election Commission and citizens to ensure a 75% turnout in the upcoming general elections to make electoral democracy more inclusive. He also sought consensus on simultaneous polls. While Naidu was due to be the chief guest at the national EC function, his speech was delivered virtually after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Over the past few hours, countless political leaders have also taken to social media platforms to urge Indians to exercise their right to vote. “Our faith in democracy lays the foundation for the country’s prosperity and progress. On ‘National Voters Day’, I call on all voters, especially youth power, to pledge to exercise their right to vote with conscience and to inspire everyone as a true watchdog of the Constitution,” tweeted Home Secretary Amit Shah.

“The ECI has a glorious 70-year history. It has transformed itself in the process. The ECI has been able to handle new opportunities and meet new challenges. It is very exciting to be a voter in India” , added the Minister of Justice, Kiren Rijiju.

“Your vote holds the power to strengthen our vibrant democracy and decide the course of the future. On this National Voters Day, let’s encourage more young voters to participate in the electoral process and work to make elections inclusive, accessible and participatory” , added Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

“Democracy is dissent, democracy is peaceful protest, democracy is social equality, democracy is your vote. Vote so no one limits your rights!” said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

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