Olympic medalist and five time world boxing champion Mary Kom has been nominated as the Election Commission’s (EC) National Icons, along with Sania Nehwal.
The Election Commission (EC) of India on January 22, 2013 made the announcement to help promote, voter participation in India. Saina Nehwal and Mary Kom, both are Olympic Bronze Medalists in the London Olympics 2012, in Badminton and Boxing respectively.
Besides the two sportswomen, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and cricket captain M.S. Dhoni will also be national icons to attract youth.
The poll panel’s drive last year has revise the voters’ list and added 2.32 crore citizens to the national voter list. Of these, 93 lakh people will be first-time voters.