President Ram Nath Kovind hailed the varied interventions taken up by ECI for conduct of free, fair and participative elections. He presided over the national level event held at Delhi to mark the 9th National Voters’ Day (NVD), celebrated across the country with a theme 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.
He particularly appreciated the initiatives for reaching out to voters in the remotest corner to include 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 setting up of a polling station even inside the Forest reserve for a single voter, Kovind lauded the efforts of ECI to make every vote count in consonance with the theme of the year.
Kovind 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 immense regard and deep-rooted belief in democracy and the democratic spirit, he said.
Talking about the electoral process – beginning with the preparation of electoral rolls and concluding with the declaration of election results – the President noted it is difficult for an ordinary person to comprehend the complexity of the entire process. The President said that the efforts of ECI have helped establish the credibility of Indian electoral system. It has helped strengthen the belief of Indian voters in the integrity, diligence, fairness and transparency of the election mechanism of the country.
Kovind said Voters and Election Commission are complimentary to each other and form the two most vital aspects of democracy. The President appreciated the 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.