Dear Overseas Indians,
I invite you to join this historic initiative of the Election Commission of India (ECI) for expanding the frontiers of electoral participation. In our constitutional scheme of government by the people, ‘every voice matters’, ‘every indian vote counts’. We are happy to inform you that we are exploring the best possible means to facilitate electoral participation by overseas Indian electors. We systematically want to address additional challenges that our overseas citizens might face for which we, in partnership with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, are conducting an online survey to first understand these challenges so as to design our interventions accordingly.
We have also noticed that the enrollment among overseas Indians is dismal. Thus we invite you to enrich the process of our communication with the overseas citizens of this country and for this we have developed the online competition to ignite your creativity on the theme, “Every Indian Vote Counts”. Sign up for survey and online competition; upload slogans, songs, videos, photos and win attractive prizes. We would be delighted to feature your ideas in our Overseas Voters Campaign. We believe that the citizens must create a dialogue of their own to foster a vibrant democracy. Thus, join us in ensuring that “No Voter is left behind’. Let your voice be heard; express your creativity, share your dreams with fellow citizens and learn more.
I look forward to your engagement with the Election Commission of India in the days ahead.
Dr Nasim Zaidi,
Chief Election Commissioner
Election Commission of India is a permanent Constitutional Body. The Constitution of India has vested in the Election Commission of India the superintendence, direction and control of the entire process for conduct of elections to Parliament and Legislature of every State and to the offices of President and Vice-President of India. In the performance of its functions ECI not only prepares, maintains and periodically updates the Electoral Rolls, supervises the nominations of candidates, registers political parties, monitors the election campaigns and funding of candidates, but also ensures active and aware electoral participation of the second largest population in the world through its SVEEP programme.
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