Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Elector’s photo identity cards (EPIC), obtained elsewhere, can now be surrendered to authorities at the present place of residence of the voter, and new cards be collected, if the names of such voters are listed in the voters’ list of the previous place of residence.

However, a surrender certificate will have to be produced to go through this process.

Assistant Election Officer and Headquarter’s Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner S. A. Prabhakar Sharma told presspersons here on Thursday that the old EPICs need not be surrendered to the authorities in the previous area of residence to get a surrender certificate. It was the duty of officials to get the old card cancelled and the voter’s name removed from the voters’ list in the previous place of residence while issuing a new card. No official could demand surrender certificate, he said.

The new card should be issued at the current place of residence as the voter’s photograph needed to be recorded in the voters’ list where he or she was residing, he said.


Mr. Sharma said that there were 13,32,216 voters in Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency, as per the list updated till February 2 this year. Of them 6,74,753 were women and 6,57,463 men.

The highest of 1,83,729 voters were there in Mangalore City South Assembly constituency, followed by 1,80,038 in Mangalore City North Assembly constituency; 1,75,435 in Belthangady Assembly constituency; 1,74,696 in Bantwal; 1,64,835 in Sullia; 1,61,253 in Puttur; 1,49,907 in Moodbidri; and 1,42,323 in Mangalore Assembly constituency.

The maximum of women voters, 96,095, were in Mangalore City South constituency. Mangalore City North constituency had 92,792 women, followed by Bantwal 86,942; Belthangady 86,283; Sullia 81,162; Moodbidri 79,589; Puttur 79,089; and Mangalore 72,801.