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Lok Sabha elections 2019: How to vote, check voter list and elections dates

For the first time voters, here's a guide on how to vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and polling and result dates

BS Web Team 

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India is in the midst of the seven-phase 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 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

— 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 12345678 to 1950

— Download Voter Helpline App

How to find your polling booth

— Voters can go to 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)

— Passport

— Driving License

— Service Identity Cards with photograph for government employees

— Passbooks

— 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 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.

First Published: Mon, April 29 2019. 06:49 IST