India, the largest democracy in the world is going through the largest election exercise from 11 April 2019. It is held every 5 years and the citizens who are 18 or older are eligible. The valuable vote of every citizen will decide the fate of this nation. The right to vote is the fundamental power that every citizen of India must exercise.
A titanic battle between two opposing alliances NDA led by incumbent Prime Minister from the party BJP, Narendra Modi and UPA alliance led by aspiring Congress President, Rahul Gandhi.
Indians will elect the new government through national elections. Therefore, it is necessary for every voter to know the procedures of this election process.
Here’s how the election procedure works in India.
- A person is eligible to vote only if his or her name appears in the Voter list which is also called Electoral Roll.
- Voters can procure the information on Contesting Candidates, Election Dates & Timings, Identity cards and EVM.
- After arriving at Polling Booth the process is as follow:
Firstly, the polling official will check the voter’s name on the voter list and check your ID proof
Secondly, polling official will ink the voter’s finger and will give a slip and take signature on a register (Form 17A)
- Then the voter will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth.
- The voter will cast vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of their choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).
- Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box.
- If the voter does not like any of the candidates then one can press the button NOTA, None of the Above the last button on the EVM.
Please note that Mobile phones, cameras or any other gadget are not allowed inside a polling booth.
How to check your name in the electoral roll
- Logging on to electoral search.in
2. Call the Voter Helpline 1950 (add your STD code before dialling)
3. SMS space to 1950 Example – If your EPIC is 12345678 then SMS ECI 12345678 to 1950
4. Download Voter Helpline App
Voters can carry any of the recognised ID cards for polling, ‘Voter ID’ card is not compulsory:
- EPIC (Voter ID card)
- Driving License
- 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 (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee)
- 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
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