It’s the election season. The whole of India is prepping up for a seven phase poll in April and May. The poll bound nation is set to see 1.38 Crore voters in the age brackets of 18 to 19 years, vote for the first time. In this article, we describe the procedure on ‘how to vote from a different city’.
The first phase of the 2019 General Elections will take place on 11th April 2019. The final phase of the 2019 general election is scheduled for 19th May 2019. The result would be announced on 23rd May 2019.
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The election schedule is as given below:
For constituency wise polling schedule, please log on to the official website of the Election Commission of India, ECI, at https://eci.gov.in/files/file/9396-announcement-of-schedule-for-general-elections-to-lok-sabha-and-legislative-assemblies-in-andhra-pradesh-arunachal-pradesh-odisha-sikkim-2019/.
All voters are requested to cast their valuable votes without fail. Each vote is extremely important for electing the right leader, to effectively represent us at the Lok Sabha. The best candidate can be chosen only when maximum voting happens.
Voting is a fundamental right of each adult citizen of India. Voters residing within the registered constituencies will not face any difficulty in casting votes.
Workers and laborers working in big cities that are nearby would head back to their hometown to vote. But, what about voters who live far away from their hometown? How are they supposed to vote? Who would reimburse the airfare for travelling to and fro? Is the Government going to compensate us in any way for traveling to our hometown to cast our vote? This is what we call ‘unofficial poll tax’.
Many voters would not like to bear the burden of heading back home, which may be hundreds of miles away, just to vote. To avoid this, the Government and the Election Commission of India, ECI, must work together and set up a provision under which all voters, regardless of where they are currently residing, can vote from wherever they are.
However, the election commission had discussed about a possible option of enabling NRIs to vote online, but there is no implementation of such a process so far.
Sadly, there is no option of voting from different constituencies as of today. You must mandatorily travel to the specified polling station in your constituency in order to cast your vote.
Note that you can vote only at the registered constituency and not at the constituency where you are currently residing. If you are to vote at the current constituency where you are residing, then you must enroll your name in the electoral roll of the constituency.
There were rumors that ECI would come up with a facility like online voting or proxy voting, to facilitate voters living in different cities, vote. But due to security concerns, ECI decided not to implement online or proxy voting system.
To exercise your voting rights, you must register yourself in the electoral roll of the new constituency. You must submit an application to the ECI, to delete your name from the hometown constituency and include your name in the electoral roll of the new constituency or the constituency in which you are currently residing in.
ECI has introduced an online procedure to make the process of submitting an application for enrolling under the electoral roll of the new constituency, a hassle free one. To apply online, you must download the form by logging on to NVSP portal https://www.nvsp.in/ or from the ECI website https://eci.gov.in/.
After successful submission of the application, it will be verified by an electoral officer. On successful verification, your name would be enrolled under the electoral roll of the new constituency.
The Election Commission of India has bolstered its Voter Helpline to enable Voters get accurate details related to voter ID registration. Services offered on the Helpline Number 1950, have been redesigned and have been made easily accessible.
Voters enrolled in the Electoral Roll, can check information like the polling station, contact details of booth level officials, electoral registration officials and district election officers, with the help of voter helpline mobile app or through www.nvsp.in portal or by calling the 1950 helpline number.
On similar lines, services offered on SMS can be availed by voters through sending an SMS, without any cost, to the 1950 helpline number. Formats of such SMSes are as mentioned below:
This will fetch the location of the polling booth, where the said EPIC Number bearer must visit to exercise the right of voting.
This fetches the contact details of booth level officers, electoral registration officers and district election officers.
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