India Approves 12 Alternative Voter IDs for May 13 Election

India's Election Commission approves 12 alternative proofs of identity for voters without a Voter ID card. Over 64 lakh voters in four Jharkhand Lok Sabha constituencies can cast ballots using these alternative IDs on May 13.

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Bijay Laxmi
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India Approves 12 Alternative Voter IDs for May 13 Election

India Approves 12 Alternative Voter IDs for May 13 Election

In preparation for the May 13 election, India's Election Commission has approved 12 alternative proofs of identity for voters who do not possess a Voter ID card. Chief Electoral Officer K Ravi Kumar appealed to voters in the Lok Sabha constituencies of Maval, Pune, and Shirur to prioritize voting and utilize these alternative identity cards.

Why this matters: This move aims to increase voter participation and ensure that all eligible citizens can exercise their right to vote, which is crucial for the democratic process. By providing alternative identity cards, the Election Commission is taking a significant step towards promoting inclusive and accessibleone, without voting in India.

The approved alternative identity cards include Aadhaar card, MGNREGA job card, bank passbook, post office passbook with photo, health insurance smart card issued by the Ministry of Labour, driving license, PAN card, smart card issued under NPR, Indian passport with photo, pension documents, service ID cards with photographs issued by the Centre, State, or government undertaking, government identity cards issued to MPs, MLAs, and Legislative Council members, and unique disability ID cards.

The fourth phase of elections will take place on May 13 in four Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand: Singhbhum, Khunti, Lohardaga, and Palamu. A total of 64,37,460 voters, comprising 32,29,480 male voters and 32,07,938 female voters, will exercise their franchise. Palamu has the highest number of registered voters at 22,38,460.

The four seats are reserved, with Palamu reserved for Schedule Cast (SC) and Lohardaga, Khunti, and Singhbhum reserved for Schedule Tribes (ST). 45 candidates are in the electoral fray, including Union Minister Arjun Munda, former Minister Joba Manjhi, and three sitting MPs.

Campaigning for the fourth phase ended on Saturday, with no gatherings, rallies, or loudspeaker campaigning allowed from 5 pm onwards. However, door-to-door campaigning will continue until the election day. The deployment of security forces at polling booths has started, and adequate numbers of EVMs have been made available for voting.

Chief Electoral Officer K Ravi Kumar reassured voters, saying, "Even if someone does not have a Voter ID card or it is lost somewhere, they do not need to worry because if their name is registered in the voter list, they can vote even without a Voter ID card. For this, they will have to come to the polling station with any one of the 12 alternative identity cards prescribed by the Commission."

The Election Commission's decision to approve 12 alternative identity cards aims to ensure maximum voter participation and facilitate the democratic process. With over 64 lakh voters set to cast their ballots in the fourth phase of elections, the provision of alternative voter IDs is a significant step towards inclusive and accessible voting.

Key Takeaways

  • India's Election Commission approves 12 alternative IDs for voters without Voter ID cards.
  • Alternative IDs include Aadhaar, PAN, driving license, and more.
  • Move aims to increase voter participation and ensure inclusive voting.
  • 64 lakh voters to cast ballots in 4 Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand on May 13.
  • Voters can vote without Voter ID card if their name is on the voter list.