2019 will see the 17th Lok Sabha elections in India. And the dates of the Lok Sabha and some state Assembly elections have finally been announced by the Election Commission of India. Sunil Arora, Chief Elections Commissioner of India has announced that the elections for the 17th Lok Sabha will be held in seven-phased and will begin on April 11 and go on till May 19. The counting will be held later on May 23.
It has further also been said that nearly 90 crore voters are eligible to vote this time for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies in India. Voting is a right that every Indian citizen above who is above the age of 18 years has (the person should be 18 years in age on January 1 of the year of revision of electoral roll). But then, you must have your Voter ID card for it.
If you don’t have your voter’s ID card, you check our step-by-step guide to know how you can apply for it online. But first, check out the list of requirements here. To be an eligible voter in India, you need to be:
- An Indian citizen.
- Be 18 years old on the qualifying date – 1st of January of the year of revision of electoral roll.
- Be a resident of the part/polling area of the constituency where you want to be enrolled.
- Other than this, you must not be previously disqualified to be enrolled as an elector.
If you fulfil all these criteria, you can go here on National Voter’s Service Portal to see if you are registered to vote. If your name does not appear in the list, you need to register to vote. Here are the forms you should know about in case you have to register yourself as a voter or get information about yourself changed:
- If you are a general voter, a first-time voter or a voter who has shifted his constituency, you would have to fill the Form 6.
- If you are an NRI voter, you would have to fill the Form 6A.
- In case you want to request for Deletion or Objection in electoral roll fill Form 7.
- And in case you want to get any information changed like name, photo, age, address, gender, etc, you can fill Form 8 to do it.
- In case of shifting from one place of residence to another place of residence within the same constituency, fill Form 8A.
If you are a first-time voter and want to get your Voter ID online, follow these steps:
- Go to Election Commission of India’s official website.
- Click on National Voters Services Portal.
- Select the option of ‘Apply online for registration of new voter’.
- Enter the required details and upload the documents you are asked for. (The required documents include a passport sized photograph, an identity proof, and address proof.)
- Press on ‘Submit’.