National Voters Day Celebrated In Odisha

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25 January 2019


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Bhubaneswar/Puri: The 9th National Voters’ Day is celebrated across the country today for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process. In Odisha, Governor Ganeshi Lal distributed voter ID cards to the 20 new voters including transgenders and physically handicapped people.

"Universal Adult Suffrage is a constitutional right guaranteed to every citizen, irrespective of religion, race, caste and socio-economic condition. Let’s celebrate the rich democratic tradition on #NationalVotersDay & cast our votes responsibly to further strengthen democracy," tweeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik carved a sand sculpture on the Puri sea beach to encourage the universal suffrage. The theme of this year’s National Voter’s Day ‘No Voter to be Left Behind’ was engraved on it.

“In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, this theme has been taken to create awareness. Through this sculpture, I appeal all to come forward and utilize their right to cast a vote. This will strengthen our country,” said the sand artist.

The National Voters’ Day 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 25th January 1950.

The main purpose of the celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters.

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Sudarshan Patnaik, Sand Artist