Lok Sabha elections 2019 are here, are few points to be considered while voting
1. Check Voter Identity Card Details Online | Voter ID Card Details
Follow these steps to check if your name is on the electoral rolls in India.
- Go to the National Voter Services Portal’s (NVSP) Electoral Search page.
- Here you can search for your name on the voter list by two methods — manually entering all of your details or simply by entering your Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) number. The EPIC number is mentioned in bold letters on your voter identity card.
If your name is on electoral rolls, you will be able to see it below the Search button after following the procedure. If nothing shows up, there’s a good chance that your name is not on the voter list.
2. Check Candidates From Your Constituency
Here are the steps to check it on the portal:
1. Go to the Candidate Affidavit Portal.
2. Select your state. A drop down menu with the names of all Lok Sabha constituencies will appear.
3. Click on the name of your constituency.
4. A list of all candidates from that particular constituency and their party will open.
5. You can download every candidate’s affidavit. Alternatively, you can download the Voter Helpline app and check candidates’ details.
Details in Affidavits are as follows
a. Details of PAN and status of filing of Income tax return
b. Case(s) is/ are pending against them in which cognizance has been taken by the court
c. Cases in which they have been convicted by a court of law
d. Details of the assets (movable and immovable etc.) and liabilties of them, there spouse and all dependents:
3. Track the past performance of Candidates before voting
- Go to Track your MP portal and track history of MPs before voting.
4. Finding the Polling booth
It is important to reach the correct polling booth of your constituency in order to cast your vote. A voter can search for the polling booth on electoral search.in or use the Voter Helpline App, developed by the Election Commission, to find their polling booth. They can also call the voter helpline on 1950, which is the voter helpline. It is important to add the STD code of your city before the number. For help regarding the Polling station location one needs to send an SMS <ECIPS> space <EPIC No> to 1950.
5. What happens at the Polling Booth
Once you find and locate the polling booth of your constituency, you must reach there between the official voting timings only. At the booth, there will be a series of steps that will take place, and allow you to vote for the candidate of your choice.
- First polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof.
- Second polling official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A).
- 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.
- Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep sound, and a red led light will glow.
- 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.
- You can press NOTA, None of the Above, if you don’t like any candidate; it’s the last
button on the EVM.
Do cast your vote.