ECI issues guidelines for identification of electors on poll day
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: With a view to prevent impersonation of the electors and to make the right of electors to vote more effective, the Election Commission has directed that for the general election to the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, all electors who have been issued Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) shall produce the 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 following alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity:- Passport, 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; Aadhar Card; Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR; MNREGA job Card; Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, Pension document with photograph; and Authenticated Photo Voter Slip issued by the election machinery.
Certificate issued to Kashmiri migrants by competent authority with photograph.
As per the order in the case of EPIC, clerical errors, spelling mistakes etc should be ignored provided the identity of the elector can be established by the EPIC. If an elector produces an EPIC which has been issued by the Electoral Registration Officer of another Assembly Constituency, such EPICs shall also be accepted for identification provided the name of that elector finds place in the electoral roll pertaining to the polling station where the elector has turned up for voting. If it is not possible to establish the identity of the elector on account of mismatch of photograph, etc the elector shall have to produce one of the alternative photo documents mentioned above.
Overseas electors who are registered in the electoral rolls under Section 16 A of the Jammu and Kashmir Representation of the People Act, 1957, based on the particulars in their Passport, shall be identified on the basis of their original passport only (and no other identity document) in the polling station, the Election Commission said in the order.