SVEEP or Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation is a programe launched by the Election Commission of India. The main aim of the programe is to inform and educate people about the importance of voting and to motivate voters. The Election Commission of India is hoping to make Indian Democracy more participative through SVEEP. It is designed based on the socio-economic and demographic profile of that state.
SVEEP started out as a small IEC activity before it was even given the name SVEEP. The programe was properly established and given its name in 2010. From 2009 to 2013, the phase covered over 17 General Elections to State Assemblies and even three revisions of the Electoral Roll.
Given below are the objectives of SVEEP.
SVEEP has grown over the last six years since it was first established and has played a huge role in increasing the voter registration over the years. The program follows a systematic management structure in order to contribute to the democracy of the country.
National level- The SVEEP part of Electoral Commission of India prepares the policy, the framework, prepares interventions and ensures that the policies are implemented. It also focuses on educating the citizens of the country about the democracy and the importance of voting.
State level- An officer in every State CEO’s office is instructed to take charge of the SVEEP programe. Representatives from universities, youth organisations, educational institutions and members of Civil Society groups form a core group and ensure volunteers for electoral participation.
District level- At the district level, the administrative head of the district is responsible for the election management. More often than not, the district collector is the District Election Officer who implement the SVEEP programe at a district level. A SVEEP committee is formed at the district level which is headed by the Chief Executive officer of the Zilla Parishad and also the Chief Development Officer.
Booth level- The ECI introduced the institution of Booth Level officers in 2006. These officers generally cover one or two polling stations and are responsible for maintaining the electoral roll.
Listed below are the different processes and the different components under them.
Partnerships and Collaborations
The Election Commission of India initiated the practise of celebrating National Voters’ Day in 2011. The National Voters’ Day which is celebrated on the 25th of January is considered to be one of the best initiatives of SVEEP. The day has been celebrated since 2011 in an initiative to increase the enrolment of voters in the country.
SVEEP has taken several measures to ensure the facilitation of voters. Listed below are some of the measures taken by the committee to facilitate every process of voting.
Given below is a list of physical events and activities held by SVEEP in order to motivate and mobilise the voters.