New Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Saturday announced the dates of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. The elections are scheduled to take place between February 10 to March 7. Uttar Pradesh will go to poll in seven phases from February 10 to March 7, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will vote on February 14 and Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3. The counting of votes will take place on March 10, the EC said on Saturday.
The Election Commission issued a press note on the upcoming polls, in which it also listed the identity proofs acceptable at the polling booths, and said that a voter information guide will be shared with every household. As the voters prepare to go vote for the polls, here’s a list of ID cards that can be shown at the polling stations. For identification at polling station, the voter shall present her/his EPIC or any of the following identification documents approved by the Commission along with the Voter Information Slips:
- Aadhaar Card,
- MNREGA Job Card,
- Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office,
- Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour,
- Driving License,
- PAN Card,
- Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR,
- Indian Passport,
- Pension document with photograph,
- Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, and
- Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs.
Voter Information Slips (VIS)
The Election Commission will issue a ‘Voter Information Slip’ instead of ‘Photo Voter Slip’ to facilitate voters in knowing the serial number of electoral roll of their polling station, date of poll, time among others. The VIS will not include the photograph of the voter. ‘Voter Information Slips’ will be distributed at least 5 days before the date of poll to all enrolled electors by the District Election Officer.
However, ‘Voter Information Slip’ will not be allowed as proof of identity of voters.
Braille Voter Information Slips:
To ensure ease of participation and active engagement of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the electoral process, the Commission has directed to issue ‘Accessible Voter Information Slips’ with Braille features to persons with visual impairment, along with normal ‘Voter Information Slips’.
The Election Commission will also issue a ‘Voter Guide’, which will be available in Hindi, English and other local languages, to every elector’s household ahead of elections. The guide will give them information about the date and time of polls, contact details of the BLOs, important websites, helpline numbers, documents required for identification at the polling station besides other important information including the Do’s and Don’ts for voters at the polling station.
The ‘Voter Guide’ will be distributed along with ‘Voter Information Slips’ by the BLOs. It will also contain important information like COVID-19 guidelines and ‘Do’s & Don’ts’ for the voters.