Alternative photo ID can be used for May 7 elections

May 4th, 2009 - 5:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Haven’t got an electors’ photo identity card? Use your alternative photo identity proof and vote in Delhi May 7 for the Lok Sabha elections.
According to the Delhi chief electoral office, there are over 1.6 million people in the national capital who have not received their photo identity cards.

“There are 1,665,097 voters in Delhi whose names appear in the electoral roles in Delhi but have not received Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPIC). They can carry any one among 13 alternative photo identity cards and show it at the polling booth for exercising their franchise,” deputy chief electoral officer (CEO) J.K. Sharma told IANS.

A voter is allowed to exercise his/her franchise only after he/she shows a photo identity card to a polling officer. Over 11 million electors are eligible to cast their votes for the seven parliamentary seats in Delhi May 7.

The documents that can be shown in place of EPIC include passports, driving licences, income tax identity (PAN) cards, service identity cards of the employees of state and central government, besides PSUs, passbooks issued by banks and post offices.

Arms licence, physical handicap document, property documents such as registered deed with photograph, pension document, SC/ST/OBC certificates issued by a competent authority, freedom fighter identity cards, job cards issued under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and health insurance scheme smart cards with photographs are also valid as an alternate to EPIC.

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