Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, The Chief Electoral Officer has clarified that even if you have a voter ID but your name is not in the voter list, you cannot vote. Misleading news is being played on social media in this connection that ‘You reach the polling booth and if your name is not in the voter list, you can still vote by showing your Aadhaar card or voter ID by asking for a challenge vote.’ The Commission has clarified the situation.
Voters can confirm their name in the electoral roll by dialing toll free number 1950 from their telephone or mobile phones on nvsp.in portal and can see their name in the electoral roll in the office of Electoral Registration Officer / Assistant Electoral Registration Officer of their area. If their name is not in the voter list, then the voter can apply in the list to add names under the continuous process.
Applications for assembly constituencies falling under the first phase will be included for redressal till March 30, for the second phase till April 8, for the third phase till April 13 and for the fourth phase till April 19. In case your name is not in the electoral roll, the application can be submitted online at nvsp.in portal or in application form-6 at the office of the electoral registration officer.
Apart from this, another news is doing the rounds on social media that you go to the polls and if you find that someone has already voted for you, you can ask for tender vote and cast your vote. The Commission has clarified that this is correct, but this is mostly not so because of photo-based electoral rolls and voter slips along with voter ID or documents of Commission-based identity.
Such misleading news is being posted on social media that if 14 per cent voting is tender votes then re-election will be held at such polling booths. This news is totally wrong. All voting centers are scrutinized in the presence of the Central Observer on the second day of polling. It is also considered whether any such incident has taken place, which has affected the sanctity of voting. The said report is sent to the Commission. Only then is the process of re-election undertaken on the instructions of the Election Commission.
Instructions for mandatory verification of VVPAT Paper Slip
The Election Commission of India has issued necessary guidelines regarding the mandatory verification of VVPAT paper slips as per the order of the Honorable Supreme Court on April 8, 2019.
As per instructions, the counting of the paper slips of VVPAT machines of 5 polling centres will be carried out mandatorily after a random selection done constituency wise in each assembly constituency after counting of votes in Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha election and by-election. To count the paper slips, a VVPAT Counting Booth (VCB) will be created in each counting centre, in which one-by-one VVPAT paper slips will be counted.
After calculation of the paper slip, a certificate will be sent to the chief electoral officer, by the returning officer concerned. The report of the entire state will be collected by the Chief Electoral Officer and sent to the Election Commission within seven days of counting of votes.