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Lok Sabha Elections Phase 1 Polling Today; Check How To Find Booth, Your Name On Voters’ List

The first phase of the 18th Lok Sabha elections is set to begin on April 19 (Friday). The Phase 1 polling will cover 102 constituencies spread across 21 states and Union Territories (UTs). The counting of votes will be held on June 4.

Along with the 544 Lok Sabha seats, four states, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Sikkim, will conduct their state elections concurrently. The notified timings of the poll are 7 am to 6 pm. However, it may vary according to circumstances in different constituencies.

ALSO READ: 2024 Lok Sabha Election 1st Phase Polling On April 19: Check State-wise Schedule, Key Constituencies & Candidates

Required documents

To cast his or her vote, one should carry identity proof to the polling centre. Voters can carry a voter ID card, Aadhaar card, PAN card, driving license, passport, bank/post office passbook with a photo, pension document with photograph, MNREGA job card, smart card issued by RGI under NPR, service identity cards with photographs issued to employees by central/state government/PSU/public limited company, health insurance smart cards issued under the scheme of the ministry of labour, and official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs, etc.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) had assured voters of leveraging technology to ensure a fair and transparent election process. In line with this, the commission has rolled out the Voter Help App (VHA), offering features such as checking voter registration status.

To check eligibility, one should contact the local electoral registration officer and verify his or her name on the voter’s list.

How to Check Your Name Online on Voter List

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There are multiple avenues available for voters to verify their inclusion in the voter list. Here’s a simple guide on how to check if your name is on the voter list online:

Go to the government’s electoral search website using your smartphone/computer: (https://electoralsearch.eci.gov.in/).

On the website, you’ll find three ways to search for your name: Search by Details, Search by EPIC, and Search by Mobile.

FOR SEARCH BY DETAILS:

Step 1: Choose your State and language.

Step 2: Fill in your personal information – Name, Middle Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Age, Gender, Relatives’ Name, and Last Name.

Step 3: Provide your Location – District and Assembly Constituency. If you’re not sure about your Assembly Constituency, you can try the other methods.

Step 4: Enter the Captcha code and click on Search.

FOR SEARCH BY EPIC:

Step 1: Select your language.

Step 2: Enter your EPIC Number and State.

Step 3: Type in the Captcha code and click on Search.

FOR SEARCH BY MOBILE:

Step 1: Choose your State and language.

Step 2: Enter your mobile number and the Captcha code.

Step 3: Click on “Send OTP” to receive a one-time password on your smartphone.

Step 4: Enter the OTP you received on your smartphone and click on Search.

After completing any of these methods, one should find his or her name in the voter’s list along with personal details, polling station information, confirmed voting date, and election official details.

The ECI regularly updates the voter’s list, removing names due to various reasons like change of address, incorrect information, fraudulent entries, or the death of individuals. If you encounter any issues or have queries, contact the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) or Booth Level Officer (BLO) using the provided contact details following the above steps.

Voting process:

  • Upon arriving at the polling booth, a polling officer will check your name against the voter list and ask for your identification.
  • After this verification, your index finger will be marked with ink, and you will be given an acknowledgement slip. You will also be required to sign a register.
  • Hand over the slip to the next polling officer, show your inked finger, and proceed into the polling booth.
  • Inside the booth, you will find the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). Press the button corresponding to your preferred candidate’s symbol. A beep will confirm your selection.
  • A slip displaying the serial number, name, and election symbol of your chosen candidate will be visible on the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine.
  • You also have the choice to select ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) at the bottom of the EVM if none of the candidates meet your preference.

Poulami Kundu

Poulami Kundu is a senior copy editor with News 18’s general news desk. She hail

first published: April 18, 2024, 18:24 IST

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