13 documents valid for casting vote: EC

13 documents valid for casting vote: EC

New Delhi: Want to cast your vote, but have no Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC).

Don’t worry, the Election Commission has eased the procedure for the voters and declared 13 documents, including passports, driving licences, ration cards and photo identity cards issued by any government authority, would be acceptable as alternatives to voter identity cards.

The voters can exercise their franchise at their respective polling booths by showing passport, Driving Licence, PAN card, among other documents, according to a statement issued by the office of Delhi Chief Electoral Officer.

The service identity cards issued by the Central, State governments or public sector units can also used to establish the identity of the voters.

Arms licences, certificate of handicap, SC, ST, OBC certificates, students identity cards issued by the recognised educational institutes — with photographs issued before 30 September, 2008 by the competent authority, could be used as an alternative to the voter identity cards.

Also passbooks — issued before 30 September, 2008 by any public sector banks or post offices, kisan passbooks, rations cards and pension documents which carries photographs of an elector would be accepted by the polling officer.

These alternative documents could be used by the electors in case of unavailability of EPIC or if the photograph on EPIC is not clear, the statement added.

Electors can also produce their property documents, freedom fighter identity cards to exercise their franchise.