The four day long Matdaata Mahotsav organized by Election Commission of India on the theme, “No Voter to be left behind” concluded in New Delhi.
Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Nasim Zaidi appreciated the efforts of State Icons from various states present there for their immense contribution towards greater participation of voters.
26 State Icons including Cheteshwara Pujara (eminent cricketer), Sharda Sinha, Malini Awasthi, Vicky Chauhan, Mamta Chandrakar (renowned folk singers), Gopinath Muthukad (famous magician), Apurvi Chandela and Rajat Chauhan (renowned archers), Dhavnit Thakre (RJ), Ankita Raina (Renowned tennis player), Dipa Karmakar (Gymnast), Saba Anjum (Hockey player), Vijay Sharma (Master Chef finalist), Meghna Malik (TV artist), Rajeev Verma (Senior TV artist), Santosh Yadav (Mountaineer) etc. from various parts of the country were felicitated by the Chief Election Commissioner.
Among the participating states, Delhi was voted as the best stall and was awarded for the same.
The event 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.
Few EMBs from other countries like Maldives, Nepal, Moldova, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Fiji and Australia also shared the best practices of their countries. It was for the first time that these countries had participated in such an exhibition.
This festival was organized with the support from partner CSOs, NGOs, Ministries and Departments, Radio, TV and Print Media partners along with the support from National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA), Border Security Force (BSF) etc.