MANGALORE: Having an elector’s photo identity card (EPIC) will not ensure that voters get their right to vote on Friday when Mangalore goes to the polls in the second phase of the Assembly elections.
The most important requirement is that the names of individuals should be present on the voters’ list. People can check if their names have been included in the list. Those who know to read Kannada may check online. You need to know your booth/part name or part number. If your constituency has changed, the booth name and number may have changed.
Log on to www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in and click on the link “know your old Assembly constituency and part number” and then click on the district of your choice. A list of polling locations with old and new part numbers will appear.
Once you know your part number, you may go back to the home page of the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka and click on “electoral rolls of delimited Assembly constituencies published on March 29, 2008” A list of districts appears. Click on the district name to view the list of Assembly constituencies.
In the next step click on the name of your constituency and find out whether you are a registered voter.
Those who applied for inclusion till April 29 after the publication of voters’ list will not be able to check their names online.
Another option is to visit the tahsildar’s office in the taluks or the Mangalore City Corporation office and check their status as voters. The EPIC issued for a particular Assembly constituency can serve as proof of your identity and enable you to vote even if you have moved to an area outside the constituency.
The Election Commission has categorically stated that an EPIC issued anywhere is valid and can be used in the present elections. The commission has also stated that members of a family can vote in the elections based on an EPIC issued to any one member.