Elections are foundation stones of any democratic country. India is the largest democracy in the world and conducting general elections in India is probably the largest event management its of kind.
The Election Commission of India is a permanent independent constitutional body vested with the powers and responsibility for superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of electoral rolls for and conduct of all elections to Parliament and to Legislatures of the States and Union Territories and of elections to the offices of President and Vice-President held under article 324 of the Constitution.
It’s a matter of pride for all of us that the Election Commission of India has been able to conduct free and fair elections in the country in the last six decades. Over the period of time, election management in India has become more professional and systematic and the quality of elections have become better and better.
Indian elections have become a role model not only in the country but also for world community at large.
Election Commission of India while celebrating its Diamond Jubilee year in 2010-11 emphasized that only greater and greater participation of the voters can strengthen the Indian democracy.
It launched several new initiatives for voters’ awareness.
It declared January 25, the foundation day of setting of Election Commission of India, as the ‘National Voters’ Day’ (NVD) to honour the voters’ and motivate voters to take a pledge on this day.
At all polling stations, functions were organized to distribute Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) to new voters. At state levels, photo exhibitions were organized in the state capitals.
Full Article: Getting ready for the big day – Hindustan Times.