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General Election to the House of the People, 2019 and General Elections and Bye-elections to State Legislative Assemblies to be held simultaneously - Commission's order regarding identification of electors-reg.

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The Commission has directed that all electors in all constituencies who have been issued EPIC have to produce the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes. Those electors who are not able to produce the EPIC shall produce one of the alternative photo identity documents mentioned in paragraph 8 of the Order for establishing their identity. The list of documents is reproduced below for clarity:
(i) Passport,
(ii) Driving License,
(iii) Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by
Central/State Govt.IPSUs/Public Limited Companies,
(iv) Passbooks with photograph issued by BankIPost Office,
(v) PAN Card,
(vi) Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR,
(vii) MNREGA Job Card,
(viii) Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour,
(ix) Pension document with photograph,
(x) Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAsIMLCs, and
(xi) Aadhaar Card..

Commission has now decided that Photo Voter Slip shall henceforth not be accepted as a stand-alone identification document for voting. However, Photo Voter Slip will continue
to be prepared and issued to electors as part of the awareness building exercise. In order to make it clear to the electors that Photo Voter Slips shall not be accepted as a stand-alone identification document for voting, the words 'THIS SLIP WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF IDENTIFICATION IN POLLING STATION. YOU ARE  REQUIRED TO CARRY EPIC OR ONE OF THE 11 ALTERNATIVE DOCUMENTS SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSION FOR VOTING" shall be printed on the Photo Voter Slip in bold letters. Photo Voter Slips shall continue to be printed.

Overseas electors shall have to produce their original passport only for identification.


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