India is in the midst of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2019. Voting for phase five of the General elections is underway today in 51 constituencies across seven states. States which are going to vote in Phase 5 Lok Sabha Elections are Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. For the first time voters, here's a guide on how to vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019
You can vote only if your name appears in the Voter List.
What is the voting process at polling booth?
— The polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof.
— The official will ink your index finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A).
— You will have to deposit the slip with the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth.
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— Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep sound.
— Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box.
First-time voters must keep in mind that phone, camera or any other gadget is not allowed inside a polling booth.
How to check your name on voter list?
— Logging on to electoralsearch.in
— Calling the Voter Helpline 1950 (please add your STD code before dialling)
SMS <ECI> _ <EPIC No> to 1950 (EPIC stands for Electors Photo Identity Card also commonly known as Voter ID card). Example – If your EPIC is 12345678 then sms ECI 12345678 to 1950
— Download Voter Helpline App
How to find your polling booth
— Voters can go to electoralsearch.in or use Voter Helpline App to find their polling booth
— Voters can call the Voter Helpline, the number is 1950
— For Polling station location SMS <ECIPS> space <EPIC No> to 1950
What can serve as identity proof?
— EPIC (Voter ID card)
— Driving License
— Service Identity Cards with photograph for government employees
— PAN Card
— MNREGA Job Card
— Health Insurance Smart Card (issued by government)
— Pension document
— Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
— Aadhaar Card
What are Lok Sabha elections 2019 dates?
Lok Sabha elections began on April 11 and will conclude on May 19.
Phase 1 – April 11
Phase 2 – April 18
Phase 3 – April 23
Phase 4 – April 29
Phase 5 – May 6
Phase 6 – May 12
Phase 7 – May 19
Lok Sabha Election results will be announced on May 23.