General elections 2014 Voter's Guide

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General elections 2014 Voter's Guide

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General elections 2014 Voter's Guide

  1. 1. PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ****** New Delhi: 2nd April, 2014 GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014 How do I check my name in the electoral roll? You have the following options: i. Contact the Electoral Registration Officer of your Assembly constituency ii. Find out from the website of the CEO of your state. For NCT of Delhi, it is www.ceodelhi.nic.in iii. Send SMS: EPIC<space>Voter ID Card Number to 9211728082 (for NCT of Delhi) iv. Call the toll-free election helpline no. 1950 What do I need to cast my vote? •To cast your vote, you have to identify yourself with i) your Voter ID issued by the Election Commission or ii) the Photo Voter Slip issued by the Election Office or iii) any of the alternate documents prescribed by the Election Commission •In addition, your name should appear in the current electoral roll of your constituency. I have lost/misplaced my Voter ID; does this mean that I cannot cast my vote? •No, you can still vote by producing the Photo Voter slip issued by the Election Office or any of the following alternative documents prescribed by the Election Commission: 1) Passport, 2) Driving License, 3) Service identity cards with photograph issued to employees by Central / State Govt. PSUs / Public limited companies, 4) Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank / Post Office, 5) PAN card, 6) AADHAAR card, 7) Smart card issued by RGI under NPR, 8) MNREGA Job Card, 9) Health insurance smart card issued under the scheme of M/o Labour, 10) Pension document with photograph. How can I get my Photo Voter Slip? •It will be given to you at your residence by the Booth Level Officer for your area •In case you misplace it or do not get it by the day of voting, you can collect it on the poll day from the Booth Level Officer positioned outside the polling station at the Voter Assistance Booth. My photograph in the Voter ID does not match with the photo in the voters list; can I still cast my vote? •Yes, you can still cast your vote (provided your name is in the current electoral roll), by producing any of the alternative photo documents prescribed by the Election Commission. What are some corrupt practices & electoral offences I need to know & guard against? •Offering or accepting money or any other gratification either to vote for or not to vote for a particular candidate •Inducement by way of liquor, feast, gifts, etc. to vote for or not to vote for a particular candidate •Inducement to vote or not to vote for a particular candidate on the grounds of religion, caste, community, language or place of birth •Threat of ex-communication to a voter if he votes for or against a particular candidate •Offer of free conveyance to any elector to go to or from any polling station How do I Cast my Vote? What is the time allotted for voting? •From 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM in general •You can find out the poll hours for your constituency from the website of the Election Commission www.eci.nic.in Where do I go to cast my vote? •You can find out the name and address of your polling station from the Photo Voters slip issued to you by the Election Office •You can also find this out from the website of the Election Commission of India ( www.eci.nic.in ) What happens when my vote is challenged? •Your identity as a voter can be challenged by a polling agent of a candidate, on the ground that you are not the person whose name is listed on the rolls •You will then have to prove your identity using your Voter ID (EPIC) or any other supporting document like Passport, Ration card, etc. •If the challenge is not established, you will be allowed to vote •If it is established, you will be debarred from voting and handed over to the police with a written complaint by the Presiding Officer. What if someone else has cast the vote in my name? •If this happens, you should inform this to the Presiding Officer immediately •The law allows you to cast a Tendered Vote on a Tendered Ballot Paper •If you choose to vote, you will be required to: •Sign your name on the list of tendered votes •Mark your choice of candidate with the help of Arrow Cross Mark rubber stamp on the ballot paper given to you •Hand over the tendered ballot paper to the Presiding Officer •In this case, you will not cast your vote on the EVM INOUT Polling Officer 1: Establishment of your Identity Control Unit Polling Officer 2: Marking of Indelible Ink, Obtaining your signature & Issue of Voters Slip Polling Officer 3: Activation of Ballot Unit Voting Compartment Ballot Unit Presiding Officer Polling Agents VOTING PROCESS FOR ELECTION TO LOK SABHA MY VOTE: MY VOICE A GUIDE FOR VOTERS POLLING STATION LAYOUT Reaching the Polling Station •You must carry your Voter ID, Photo Voters Slip or other alternative photo document as required •It is advisable to leave your mobile phone at home •If you take a private vehicle, you should park it at a reasonable distance away from the polling station Things to remember while Inside the Voting Compartment •You should press the blue button against the name and symbol of your candidate •You may also press the new NOTA (None of the Above) button at the end of the unit if you don’t want to vote for any candidate •You should press the button only once •When you press the blue button, you should watch out for: the red lamp glowing against the name and symbol of your candidate & the beep sound to indicate that your vote has been recorded •Simultaneously, the Busy lamp in the control unit will go off •With this, your vote is cast RM For a more detailed version, you may refer to the Voters Guide released on the PIB website www.pib.nic.in

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