The Lok Sabha elections 2019 have been announced and a fierce battle is set out to play out in the next two months as political parties have already begun their strict planning and campaigning for the seven phase polls.
Here are the dates, numbers, facts and figures that matter:
- The elections will start on April 11 and continue till May 19
- The all-important vote counting will be held on May 23
- An astonishing 900 million voters will be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country, an electorate that supercedes that of 2014 by a massive 84.5 million
- About 15 million members of the electorate are aged 18 and 19
- The Model Code of Conduct came into effect from the very same day i.e. March 10, 2019
How to easily register and check your voter ID online before 2019 General Election:
- Those who want to register to vote, change their address or check if their names are on the electoral rolls can visit the National Voter Service Portal.
- New voters must fill Form 6 in order to register themselves as voters. The form is available on the NVSP portal. For registration you will need:
- A passport sized photo
- proof of age and residence
- In case the age of person or spelling of the name is incorrect, individuals must fill Form 8 to update or correct the details on the electoral roll
- If you have relocated to a different location within the constituency, you can fill Form 8A.
- If you wish to delete your name from the voters’ list from any constituency and relocate to a new constituency, Form 6 must be filled along with Form 7.
- Form 6 is to register to vote in a new constituency
- Form 7, if your name is deleted from the voters’ list in the old constituency
- You can also collect two copies of the forms mentioned above from the Electoral Registration Office, Assistant Electoral Office and Booth Level Offices located in your constituency. You will have to fill the form and submit hard copies of age and address proof to the said office itself.
How Do I Find My Name On Electoral Roll?
The Election Commission has announced dates for Lok Sabha elections which will be held in seven phases. By exercising your franchise, you participate in democracy’s biggest festival – election. Just having a voter ID is not enough for you to cast your vote. To cast your vote, you need to check if your name or voter ID is part of the voter list. Since voters lists keep changing, your name could go missing. Follow the steps given below to check if your name is on the electoral rolls.
- Visit National Voter Services Portal’s (NVSP) Electoral Search page.
- Here you can search for your name on the voter list by two methods
- Enter your basic details or enter your Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) number.
- The EPIC number is mentioned in bold letters on your voter identity card.
- If you don’t have voter ID, go to the NVSP Electoral Search page.
- Click or tap on Search by Details.
- Fill details such as your name, gender, age, Assembly constituency, etc.
- Enter the code you see on the captcha image, and finally, click or tap on Search.
What To Do If My Name Is Missing?
If your name is missing from the voters’ list and you have a registered Voter ID card, follow these steps to enrol your name.
- There are two procedures – online and offline.
- Visit the Election Commission’s official website – eci.nic.in
- Click on online voter registration.
- Create a username and password to Sign Up.
- Upload your photograph and then the documents that can be accepted as address proof.
- If you are facing trouble in uploading the documents, raise a request for a visit by the booth level officer to collect your documents.
- Once the formalities are completed, you can send a text message EPIC (space) your voter ID application number to 9211728082 to track your application status.
- You can also download the form from ECI’s website or get it from the ERO office.
- Fill the form and attach the required documents. Then send it to the voter’s centre of your constituency.
Seven Phase election:
States and union territories will go to polls in different phases, with some states such as Andhra Pradesh requiring just a single phase of polling and others, such as Uttar Pradesh having polling in each of the seven phases.
- States which will have polling in one phase:Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, Delhi, Puducherry, Chandigarh.
- States which will have polling in two phases:Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tripura
- States which will have polling in three phases: Assam, Chattisgarh
- States which will have polling in four phases: Jharkhand, Madya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra
- States which will have polling in five phases:Jammu and Kashmir
- States which will have polling in seven phases: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal
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