Frequently Asked Questions on Enrolling in Election Roll
Electoral Rolls / Revision
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.1 I have shifted my residence recently. How do I ensure that I am enrolled in my new place of residence and my name is deleted from the old place?
In case new residence is in the same constituency please fill form 8A otherwise form 6 and submit to ERO (SDM) or AERO (FSO) of the area of your new residence.
Q.2 I have shifted my residence recently. I have Photo ID Card with the old address. Can I get new I Card for the present address?
First of all please ensure that you have enrolled yourself in the Electoral Roll of the concerned AC, where you are now residing procedure is given as in ans no.1. Subsequently, changes will be made in existing Identity Card by pasting new address on the back side of the card.
Q.3 My old I Card is defective. I would like to have a new I Card with correct particulars. What is the procedure?
You can get your I Card rectified by depositing it in the Office of the ERO concerned or at Photography center when the work of preparation of Photo ID card begins.
Q.4 I do not have a ration card. Can I get enrolled without a ration card? What are the other documents, which I can show as proof of my residence?
Ration Card is not necessary, however you can show any other proof of residence like Passport, Bank Pass Book, Driving license etc. or any Govt. document to facilitate the work of registration. Proof of residence is necessary.
Q.5 I am a tenant and my landlord does not want me to get enrolled. How can I get enrolled as a voter?
Form 6 and deposit it with the ERO.
Q.6 I have shifted my residence recently to Chennai from another State where I was registered as a voter. I have an I Card issued from the previous place of residence. How can I get a new I Card at the present place of address and what will I do with the old I Card?
Please get your name deleted from the previous address, which will facilitate your registration in Chennai.After that please get enrolled by filling up form-6 and depositing the same along with the proof of deletion in the office of SDM/ERO.
Q.7 I will be attaining the age of 18 on 1.1.2011. What proof do I need to show to get enrolled?
You can submit the proof of Date of Birth from the authorized agency (Passport, Transfer certificate, Date of Birth certificate)
Q.8 Enumerator has visited my house and taken down the details. How do i ensure that my name is finally included in the electoral rolls ?
He must have handed over you record of Enumeration, which is your acknowledgement. You can check your name in the draft roll, which will be published and available at the office of the ERO concerned to confirm that your name exists in the roll.
Q.9 Please give me details of my Polling Station and Assembly Constituency. Who do I contact to get these details?
You can check it from the ECI or CEO office website by keying in your EPIC number or contact your BLO.
Q.10 I have lost my old I Card. How can I get a new I Card?
In case of loss or mutilation the person will have to apply in person with photo in Form 001C along with proof of residence and remit the fee prescribed (Rs. 15/- ). in Treasury/ Sub-Treasury or in cash at the EPIC centre for which a receipt will be given by the election officials.
Q.11 Who supervises the election work in a State?
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) superwise the election work related to Assembly and Parliament elections. As per section 13A of the Representation of the People Act 1950, read with section 20 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the Chief Electoral Officer of a State/Union Territory is authorised to supervise the election work in the State/Union Territory subject to the overall superintendence, direction and control of the Election Commission.
Q.12 Who appoints the Chief Electoral Officer?
The Election Commission of India (ECI) The Election Commission of India nominates or designates an Officer of the Government of the State/Union Territory as the Chief Electoral Officer in consultation with that State Government/Union Territory Administration.
Q.13 Who supervises the election work in a District?
The District Election Officer is the District Collector. As per section 13AA of the 3 Representation of the People Act 1950, subject to the superintendence, direction and control of the Chief Electoral Officer, the District Election Officer supervises the election work of a district.
Q.14 Who is responsible for the conduct of elections in any Parliamentary or Assembly constituency?
District Collector and Returning Officer (R.O) The Returning Officer of a parliamentary or assembly constituency is responsible for the conduct of elections in the parliamentary or assembly constituency concerned as per section 21 of the Representation of the People Act 1951.
Q.15 Who appoints the Returning Officer?
Election Commission of India (ECI) The Election Commission of India nominates or designates an officer of the Government as the Returning Officer for each of the assembly and parliamentary constituencies in consultation with the State Government/Union Territory Administration. In addition, the Election Commission of India also appoints one or more Assistant Returning Officers for each of the assembly and parliamentary constituencies to assist the Returning Officer in the performance of his functions in connection with the conduct of elections.
Q.16 Who is responsible for the preparation of electoral rolls for a Parliamentary or Assembly Constituency?
Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). They are the area sub-divisional Magistrates/RDOs. The Electoral Registration officer is responsible for the preparation of electoral rolls for assembly constituency.
Q.17 Who conducts the poll at a polling station?
Presiding Officer: The Presiding Officer with the assistance of polling officers conducts the poll at a polling station.
Q.18 Who appoints the Electoral Registration officer?
Under section 13B of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, the Election Commission of India, in consultation with the State/UT Government, appoints an Officer of the Government or the Local Authorities as the Electoral Registration Officer. In addition, the Election Commission of India also appoints one or more Assistant Electoral Registration Officers to assist the Electoral Registration Officer in the performance of his functions in the matter of preparation/revision of electoral rolls.
Q.19 For every constituency, there is a list of voters which is called electoral roll. What is the minimum age for enrollment in an electoral roll?
Eighteen Years. For every constituency, there is a voters list Article 326 of the Constitution, and Sec. 19 of R.P.Act, 1950 stipulate that the minimum age for registration of a voter is 18 years.
Q.20 Which is the relevant date for determining the age qualification of 18 years? Suppose, you have completed 18 years of age today. Can you get yourself registered as voter?
According to Section 14 (b) of the R.P.Act, 1950, the qualifying date means the first day of January of the year in which the electoral roll is prepared or revised.
Q.21 Can a non-citizen of India become a voter?
A person who is not a citizen of India cannot be registered as a voter. Article 326 of the Constitution read with Sec. 16 of R.P.Act, 1950 clarify the point.
Q.22 Can a non-resident Indian citizen become a voter?
According to Section 19 of the R.P.Act, 1950, only a person who is ordinarily resident in a constituency is entitled to be registered in the electoral roll of that constituency. However, such of the non-resident Indian Citizens who are employed under Govt. of India in a post outside India are eligible to be registered as voters in terms of Sec 20(8)(d) read with Sec 20(3) of the R.P.Act, 1950.
Q.23 If I am working and living in Chennai, can I be a voter in my native village?
If you are working in Chennai and residing there, you are an ordinary resident of Chennai in terms of Sec 19(b). Therefore you can be enrolled at Chennai only and not in your native village.
Q.24 Can one be enrolled at more than one place?
No. A person cannot be enrolled as a voter in more than one place in the same constituency or in more than one constituency in view of the provisions contained under Sec. 17 and 18 of R.P.Act, 1950.