As the first phase of the seven-phased Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held on April 11, It becomes important for people to know how they should cast their votes during the upcoming polls.
To cast the vote, people in India must have a Voter’s ID or the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI). The voter ID is an important document during the verification process before casting a vote.
Here’s How to Cast Your Vote
- Once you enter the polling booth room, show your voter ID or other ID to the polling officer totally your name in the voter’s list. Then, the polling official will ink your finger and will send you to the EVM to cast your vote.
- The machine operates on the “press a button” mode and there are no papers involved. An EVM typically comprises a ‘Control Unit’ and a ‘Ballot Unit’ which are connected by a 5-meter wire.
- Beside every candidate’s name and party symbol on the machine, there’s a blue button. The voter needs to press the button adjacent to the name of the candidate of their choice and the respective party’s symbol. The machine then records the vote.
- The Control Unit is placed with the Presiding Officer or a Polling Officer and the Balloting Unit is placed inside the voting compartment.
- Instead of issuing a ballot paper, the Polling Officer-in-charge of the Control Unit will release a ballot by pressing the Ballot Button on the Control Unit.
- This will enable the voter to cast his vote by pressing the blue button on the Balloting Unit against the candidate and symbol of his choice.
How to verify vote on VVPAT
- The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an independent system attached with the EVM that allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended.
- When a vote is cast, a slip is printed containing the serial number, name, and symbol of the candidate and remains exposed through a transparent window for 7 seconds.
- Thereafter, this printed slip automatically gets cut and falls in the sealed drop box of the VVPAT.
Voters are advised to think hard before casting their vote. Happy Voting!