Election Commission of India (ECI) is organizing Matdaata Mahotsav from 14th to 17th of January, 2016 at Central park, Connaught Place, New Delhi ahead of the 6thNational Voters’ Day on the 25th of January 2016. The event will be inaugurated by Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr. Nasim Zaidi on 14th January, 2016 at 4 PM. The four-day long gala festivities, from 14th to 17th of January 2016, is being organised at the popular public destination of Central Park in Connaught Place, New Delhi. The event would be focused at involving voters and citizens from all walks of life specifically women, youth, defence personnel, non-resident Indians, persons with disabilities, and those from marginalised sections for enhanced sense of inclusion, greater awareness about the electoral process and strengthening SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education & Electoral Participation) programme.
The voters’ fest will host national exhibition displaying the good practices on various aspects of election management and also describe the process of elections through interactive models, presentations and exhibits from different parts of the country. Additionally, there will be information and facilitation centres, mock polling station and a range of interactive activities. Multitude of activities like debates and discussions, music and dance, street plays and games, quizzes and contests during the event aim to keep up the spirit of festivity. Few EMB from other countries will also share the best practices of their countries.
The exhibitions would provide a glimpse into best practices in various dimensions of election management- electoral roll, IT and technology, security, mobilisation of personnel and resources, voters’ education, election material, expenditure monitoring and many more innovations by States/ UTs in India through interactive models, three dimensional structures, digital presentations, display of publications and election material, mock set-ups, activities and role-play, graphics and films. A walk through the complete electoral process from registration to voting will help visitors to experience and understand their duty and right of adult franchise better. Election Commission of India will felicitate the nominated State Icons who have made valuable contribution towards voter education and awareness.
The Mahotsav would encourage ideas and suggestions for greater and qualitative participation in elections while graffiti, music, dance, theatre and poetry will provide a platform for expression and celebration. Games and quizzes will give opportunities to one and all to engage in the frolic. Some off-venue but simultaneous events especially on Army Day and Youth Day, themed on electoral participation, will help reach out to masses in greater and effective ways.
This festival is being organized with the support from partner CSOs, NGOs, Ministries and Departments, Radio, TV and Print Media partners for greater outreach to the people.