New Delhi: With the 2012 polls inching closer, it’s not only the political parties that are gearing up but the Election Commission as well which has decided to launch an awareness campaign for the voters just before the polls.

In view of the Assembly elections in five states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, the EC has decided to declare January 25 as Voter’s Day aiming to make the youths aware of the importance of voting franchise on that day.

Initiating a novel idea the EC, for the first time, will present its ‘Jhanki’ on Republic Day. The Election Commission will mark its 62nd year by presenting its float on January 26 which would signify the advantages of voting rights.

Senior official of EC, Akshay Raut who is supervising the entire programme said, “The ‘Jhanki’ would have a glimpse of the Parliament, EVM, voter card, people voting and youths taking oath to vote honestly.”

“The idea behind taking part in the Republic Day celebrations and presenting a ‘Jhanki’ is to encourage people and youths to cast votes,” Raut added.

Notably, on Voter’s Day (January 25) voter ID cards will be issued to a large number of youths. On the same day, former President APJ Abdul Kalam will make a speech highlighting the importance of exercising voting rights.