Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Goa Lok sabha elections 2009 : EC directives

All states and Union territories in the country have been given   appropriate guidelines by the Election commission of India (ECI) for the Lok Sabha elections after considering all relevant factors and the legal and factual positions.

The electors who have been issued the Electors photo Identity cards(EPICs) need to produce their Election photo identity card (EPIC)cards to establish their identity before casting their votes in the elections to the Lok Sabha 2009.

If the electors fail to produce their EPIC cards they will have to produce alternative photo identity documents to establish their identity.The alternative documents approved by the ECI are

  1. Passport
  2. Driving Licence
  3. Income tax identity card ( PAN card)
  4. Service Identity cards with photographs
  5. Passbooks issued by PSU banks/post office with photograph
  6. Property documents
  7. SC/ST/OBC certificates issued by competent authority with photograph
  8. Pension documents
  9. Freedom fighter identity card with photograph
  10. Arms licences
  11. Certificate of physical handicap with photograph
  12. Job cards issued under NREGA with photograph
  13. Health insurance scheme smart cards with photograph

All the above mentioned documents if available to the head of the family may be used for identifying the other members of the family provided all members come together and are identified by the head of the family.

The ElectGoa polls Voting machineion commission has also decided to clamp down on the misuse of SMS messages through mobile phones during the election process. In this regard the commission has issued directions to the police authorities to initiate proper enquiry and trace back the original sender of such SMS and take appropriate action under the relevant provisions of the Indian penal code.

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