Election commission of India has informed all voters with voter ID cards or Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) in all constituencies to produce it for identification at the polling station before they are allowed to cast vote. And for all those without a voter ID card can use 11 alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity.
The election commission will not accept only the photo voter slip as an identification document for voting.
Check out the 11 documents that an eligible voter can produce at the polling station
- Driving licence
- Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies
- Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office
- PAN card
- Smart card issued by RGI under NPR
- MNREGA job card
- Health insurance smart card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour
- Pension document with a photograph
- Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
- Aadhaar card
NRI electors will have to produce their original passport for identification.
The election commission said that minor errors in the entries in EPIC can be looked down if beyond that the identity of the elector is identified. EPIC issued by the Electoral Registration Officer of another assembly constituency will also be accepted for identification, provided the name of the voter elector finds a place in the electoral roll at the polling station concerned.
If EPIC is unable to establish an identity on the grounds of mismatch photograph or any other reason, the voter can produce one of the 11 alternative photo documents.
According to a statistic by EC, more than 99 per cent electors currently have voter ID cards and more than 99 per cent adults have been issued Aadhaar Cards.
All the officers have been informed of these instructions, which will also be publicized regularly till the date of voting.
The Parliamentary elections 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha will be held in April and May.