Voter ID in Assam

Voting, or exercising one’s franchise is a fundamental duty given to every Indian citizen. Voting empowers the country’s citizens to elect leaders of their choosing to govern the country and enact policies. Voting allows everyone to participate in the process of governing a country and can be used to bring about a populist change in government and impacts every aspect of a country.

All Indian citizens above the age of 18 years are eligible to vote and contest elections at the state as well as central level, as also for local government bodies. However all those who wish to participate in the electoral process are required to register for the process and provide proof of their eligibility, in the form of a voter’s ID card.

A voter’s ID card is issued to individuals if they fulfil the criteria as laid down by the laws governing the election process.

Election commissioners, who are responsible for conducting a smooth election process, have made it easier for citizens to apply for voter ID cards or make changes in their cards.

Assam, being one of the largest states in the strategic north eastern region of India, has also made it easier and more convenient for its residents to register for the electoral process, as explained below.

Assam Elections 2019
Assam Elections 2019

How to Apply for a Voter’s ID Card Online in Assam

To facilitate a faster and smoother registration process, the Chief Election Officer of Assam has introduced online applications for voter ID cards. This process makes it convenient for applicants to register wherever they are, at their convenience. They no longer have to wait in long queues for application forms or verification processes, and can also track the status of their application online.

Applicants can visit the official website of the Chief Election Officer of Assam, which contains information and guidelines for all upcoming elections as well as registration and application processes.

Follow the given steps to register for a voter’s ID card in Assam:

  • Visit the website of the Chief Election Office of Assam (www.ceoassam.nic.in), where you find a “Download Forms” tab to the left of your screen.
  • Click on the link and select the form you require. For enrolment of new voters, click on Form 6.
  • Choose your language preference (from English, Bengali and Assamese).
  • Print the form and fill in the details requested.
  • Once you have done so, attach the documents required, such as proof of age and address as well as a passport sized photograph.
  • Submit the form either by post or in person to the nearest election office.
  • You will receive an application number, which can be used to track the status of your application.
  • After submission of the form, a Booth Level Officer (BLO) will visit your home to verify the details provided in the form.
  • After successful verification of your details, you will receive your voter’s ID card through the post at the address mentioned in your application form or you can collect it in person from the election office.

How to Apply for a Voter’s ID Card Offline in Assam

Individuals who wish to register for a voter’s ID card in Assam can do so offline as well as online. For those who do not have access to the internet or are not familiar with a computer, the offline voter registration process can also be used.

Applying for a voter’s ID card can be done by following the below steps:

  • Visit the nearest electoral office (or designated booths as announced from time to time) and collect Form 6, which is the form for registering a new voter in the electoral rolls.
  • Submit the filled in and signed form to the electoral office along with the documents required (address proof, age proof, photographs).
  • When you submit the form, you will receive a reference number, which can be used to track the status of your application.
  • A Booth Level Officer (BLO) will visit your home to verify the information you have provided in your application form.
  • Once the verification process is successfully completed, you will be issued a voter’s ID card. You can collect the card from the electoral office or you could choose to receive it by India Post to the address as mentioned in your application form.

Documents to be Submitted for Voter ID in Assam

When applying for a voter ID card, applicants have to submit certain documents for verification purposes.

The documents to be submitted are as listed below:

  • Proof of address (Aadhaar card/utility bills/bank passbook/passport/driver’s licence/ ration card)
  • Proof of age (PAN card/ passport/ Aadhaar card/ driver’s licence/birth certificate etc)
  • Recent passport sized photographs

How to track status in Assam

Tracking Voter ID Status Online

The Assam CEO website(http://ceoassam.nic.in/) currently has no facility available to check your Voter ID status online. However, you can check if your name has been included in the electoral rolls by visiting the NVSP website (http://electoralsearch.in/).You can search using your details or your EPIC number.

  • Search by details.
    • Provide your name, father/husband’s name, age or date of birth, gender, state, district and assembly constituency. You can also locate your constituency on the map.
  • Search by EPIC number
    • Provide your Epic number and state.
  • Enter the Captcha code and click on “Search” to generate your results.

Tracking Voter ID status via SMS

This facility is not available in Assam yet, but may be rolled out in the future.

Calling on the Dedicated ECI Helpline Number

You can call the ECI Helpline number 1950 toll free. The helpline is available on all working days between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

How to Apply for Duplicate Voter ID Card Online in Assam

A voter ID card is a government issued photo identity card that is accepted as proof of address and identity universally and thus should be kept safely. However there are situations when your voter ID card may have been misplaced or lost. It could also have been stolen from you. The Electoral Officer in Assam makes provision for issuing a fresh voter ID card in such cases.

Alternatively, it may be mutilated or torn, making it unusable. In such situations, you can apply for a duplicate voter ID card, the process for which is mentioned below:

  • Go to the Election Commission of India website and download the Form EPIC-002, which is the application form for issuance of duplicate voter ID card.
  • In the case of individuals whose voter ID cards have been lost or stolen, an FIR is to be filed at the local police station and a copy of the FIR along with the application form is to be submitted to the Electoral Office.
  • In the case of individuals with torn or unusable voter ID cards, submit the card along with the form to the local Electoral Office.
  • After verification of the application has been conducted, you will receive your duplicate voter’s ID card through the post or you can collect it in person.

How to Apply for Duplicate Voter’s ID Card Offline in Assam

As a registered voter, your voter ID card is the most important document that permits you to vote in regional as well as national elections. It also functions as a government issued identity proof. In the event that you lose or misplace your voter ID card, you can now apply for a duplicate card through a convenient method.

If your voter ID card has been stolen or cannot be used as it is torn or mutilated, you can also apply for a duplicate voter ID card offline, with the process outlined below:

  • Visit the nearest electoral office and collect a copy of Form EPIC-002, which is the form for issuance of duplicate voter’s ID card.
  • Fill in the form and submit it along with the relevant documents- if you have lost your card, attach a copy of the FIR.
  • If your card is torn or mutilated, submit your card along with the application form.
  • Your application will be verified, following which a duplicate voter ID card will be issued to you.

How to Make Corrections in your Voter ID Card Online in Assam

If you have received your voter ID card and it contains errors such as misspelled name or incorrect details with regard to any of the information mentioned, you can correct the errors. It is important that you do this as the voter ID card is issued by the government and the information contained in it is assumed to be correct.

Steps to make corrections in your voter ID card easier (the Assam Election Commission has introduced an online application process), which is mentioned below

  • Go to the official website of the Assam Chief Election Officer and click on the “Download Forms” tab.
  • Select “Form 8”, which is the application form for correction of details in voter’s ID card.
  • Download and print the form and fill in the details as requested, taking care to provide the information you wish to change/correct in your voter’s ID card.
  • In the case of change of name, you will have to attach proof of your name change, such as a passport or official government gazette copy along with the application form.
  • Submit the form and supporting documents to the nearest electoral office, where you will receive an acknowledgment.
  • After your application has been verified, you will receive an updated voter ID card through the post or by collecting it personally from the electoral office.

How to make Corrections in your Voter ID Card Offline in Assam

If you have noticed that your voter ID card has errors such as name being misspelled, errors in address or any other details, you can now have these errors rectified simply by submitting an application form mentioning the need for changes.

The process is mentioned below:

  • Visit the local electoral office and request for a copy of Form 8, the form for making corrections in your existing voter ID card.
  • If you wish to correct your name, ensure you provide proof of your name in the form of a passport copy/official government gazette/any recognised documents with the changed name.
  • For corrections in address or birth date, attach supporting documents with the correct information along with the form.
  • Submit the filled in form and supporting documents to the electoral office, whereupon you will receive an acknowledgement.
  • After your application has been verified, you will receive your voter ID card with the corrected information by post, or you can collect it personally from the office.

How to change Address Online in Voter ID Card in Assam

Most individuals apply for a voter’s ID card when they are 18 years of age, with the address mentioned that of their hometown. Individuals sometimes move to other cities or states during the course of their lives for a number of reasons.

As a registered voter, when you change your address, your voter ID card should also reflect this change if it is a long term one. Your name has to be struck off the electoral rolls in your former area of residence and included in the rolls at your present residence.

For voter id address change, an application is to be filed, the process of which is listed below:

  • Go to the official website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Assam and click on the “Download Forms” tab.
  • Select “Form 8A” from the options presented, which is the form for transposing the entry (shifting the name from one electoral roll to another).
  • Print and fill in the details as requested and provide the supporting documents as specified in the form.
  • Submit the duly filled in and signed form with the supporting documents to the nearest electoral office in your current place of residence.
  • A Booth Level Officer (BLO) will visit your home to verify your address and details.
  • Once the verification process is complete, you will receive a voter ID card with the changed address.

How to Change Address in Voter ID Card Offline in Assam

If you have changed your place of residence, you are obliged to change the address as stated in your voter ID card as well. This is done so you can be registered in the electoral rolls in your current place of residence, and so your name is struck off the rolls in your former area of residence. This is important as it reduces the incidence of someone else voting in your name, and permits you to participate in the electoral process even though you have shifted residence.

The Election Commission of Assam has made it easier for individuals to change their address, through the submission of a form to that effect.

The process for changing address is mentioned below:

  • Go to the local Electoral Office and collect Form 8A, the form for transposition of entry in the electoral rolls.
  • Fill in the details and attach proof of your current address as mentioned in the form.
  • Submit the form and the supporting documents to the electoral office.
  • A Booth Level Officer (BLO) will visit your home to verify your address details.
  • On successful completion of the verification, you will receive a voter ID card with your current residence details mentioned. Your name will also be included in the electoral rolls of the constituency in your present area of residence.

Election Commission of Assam

Assam, often referred to as a Shangri-La nestled in the picturesque North East of India, is a melting pot of various tribes and sub-tribes with a rich cultural heritage. Elections in Assam are conducted by the office of the chief electoral officer who performs his functions under the supervision of the Election Commission of India. The election department is located at block C, Assam secretariat, Dispur.

Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)

Vijayendra is the current chief electoral officer of Assam. The various officers of the department are listed below (in no particular order):

  • Nitin Kumar Shivdas Khade - Additional Chief Electoral officer
  • Vinod Kr. Persenia - Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam
  • Siddharth Singh - Additional Chief Electoral officer
  • Gaurav Bothra - Additional Chief Electoral officer
  • Ghanashyam Das - Joint Chief Electoral officer
  • Mohan Lal Sureka - Joint Chief Electoral officer
  • Pradip Kumar Doley - Additional Chief Electoral officer

Key responsibilities of the CEO

Some of the key responsibilities of the Chief Electoral Officer vis-a-vis elections to the legislative assembly in Assam are listed below:

  1. Preparation and updation of photo electoral roll
    • Post and update the database of BLOs
    • Finalise the list of vendors
    • Ensure adequate training of designated officers and BLOs
    • Filling up of election related posts
    • Meeting political parties on revision of rolls
    • Create awareness on revision of rolls
    • Provide all the required information to the Election Commission of India in the prescribed formats
    • Maintain proper record of complaints received in DEOs
    • Ensure removal of duplicated names
  2. Ensure efficient accounting of holograms
  3. Prepare list of polling stations
  4. Ensure that all polling stations are fully equipped with ramps and other facilities as directed by the Election Commission of India
  5. Ensure adequate budget provision from the finance department in the state
  6. Prepare a database of polling personnel in all districts across the state
  7. Ensure standardisation of training material
  8. Ensure proper training of polling personnel, returning officers and digital camera supervisors among others
  9. Ensure that adequate measures are taken for the security of polling stations
  10. Ensure replacement of EVMs, if need be
  11. Report absence of polling agents
  12. Finalize a printing press for printing of ballot papers
  13. Ensure proper disposal of unused ballot papers
  14. Ensure arrival of observers in the state
  15. Establish a media centre in the office

Assam Elections 2019

The Lok Sabha elections in Assam have been scheduled for April 7, 12 and 24. The elections will be held in three different phases. The results of the Lok Sabha elections in Assam in 2014 were as follows:

Name of political party Number of seats won
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 7
Indian National Congress 3
All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) 3
Asom Gana Parishad 0
Independent 1

Facts about Assam politics

Like any other state in India, the political structure of Assam is headed by the governor. However, the governor of Assam is more powerful here than most states in the country. This is because of the presence of ULFA, a terrorist organization that has caused a lot of violence in the state. In addition to the governor, the political structure of the state also comprises of the chief minister and the council of ministers.

Chief minister of Assam

The current government in Assam is formed by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Chief Minister is Sarbananda Sonowal. The legislative assembly elections in the state were last held in 2016.

Election commissioner of Assam

Harendra Nath Bora is the current election commissioner of Assam. He is a retired IAS officer.

*Disclaimer

Updates on Assam Voters - 2018

  • Assam records 76% turnout in panchayat elections

    Assam has recorded 76% turnout in the second phase of the panchayat elections. The polls were held in 10 districts of the state. The elections were conducted peacefully except report of disturbances in Cachar, Karimganj and Nalbari districts. The voting went late into the night with the turnout only being measured during the day so it is expected that it could rise even further after the final count is known. During the polling process, certain anomalies were also recorded. Names of registered voters was missing from the electoral roll despite having registered voter ID cards. These issues were resolved at the polling booths and the elections were conducted without much disruptions.

    In the second phase, the polls were  conducted in the districts of Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and Hojai to elect 169 zila parishad, 895 anchalik parishad, 895 gaon panchayats presidents and 8,950 gaon panchayat members from among a total of 35,056 contestants. The first phase of the polls were conducted on December 5 in a total of 16 districts with the turnout being recorded at 82%.  

    11 December 2018

  • Assam records 76% turnout in panchayat elections

    Assam has recorded 76% turnout in the second phase of the panchayat elections. The polls were held in 10 districts of the state. The elections were conducted peacefully except report of disturbances in Cachar, Karimganj and Nalbari districts. The voting went late into the night with the turnout only being measured during the day so it is expected that it could rise even further after the final count is known. During the polling process, certain anomalies were also recorded. Names of registered voters was missing from the electoral roll despite having registered voter ID cards. These issues were resolved at the polling booths and the elections were conducted without much disruptions.

    In the second phase, the polls were  conducted in the districts of Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and Hojai to elect 169 zila parishad, 895 anchalik parishad, 895 gaon panchayats presidents and 8,950 gaon panchayat members from among a total of 35,056 contestants. The first phase of the polls were conducted on December 5 in a total of 16 districts with the turnout being recorded at 82%.  

    11 December 2018

  • Assam government declares 67,480 ‘D’ voters as Indian citizens

    The Assam government has declared 67,480 ‘D’ voters as Indian citizens on Monday. The ‘D’ voters are doubtful citizens who do not have proper credentials to be the citizens of India as per the government. The list of ‘D’ voters in the state has been prepared from the time period ranging from 1997 to March 31, 2018. Despite a large number of ‘D’ voters assured of their Indian citizenship, there are still millions of ‘D’ voters who are still awaiting judgement from the Supreme Court regarding their citizenship status.     

    4 October 2018

  • EC to make sure that no eligible voter’s name is left behind in the Assam electoral rolls

    The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has said that the Election Commission is working hard to make sure that no eligible voter’s name is left behind from the Assam electoral rolls. To make sure that this happens, Rawat said that the Assam state election commission is working closely with the state coordinator NRC. The final electoral roll for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is set to be published on January 4, 2019. Names of 40 lakh people have already been excluded from the NRC draft that was prepared by the government a few days back.

    Rawat also said that the people whose names have been excluded from the NRC draft will get an opportunity to file a claim or an objection regarding the same. He has also asked the Assam state election commission to provide a detailed report on all the aspects of the NRC draft.           

    5 August 2018

  • Names not in the NRC draft ineligible to vote in the elections, says EC

    Election Commission has in no uncertain terms made it clear that any person in the state of Assam whose name is not present in the NRC list will not be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. The Election Commission has also asked the chief election commissioner of the state of Assam to present a report on the matter. The Chief Election Commissioner of Assam has 8 days to submit the report as per Chief Election Commissioner, OP Rawat.

    The Supreme Court has launched the NRC draft exercise in the state of Assam under which any person who is not an Indian national will be excluded from the list. 40 Lakh people have been already excluded from the list which has caused an uproar and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been accused of dividing people for political gains. Concerns in some quarters have also been raised regarding the future of the 4 million who will be ousted due to this exercise. If the government goes ahead with the removal of 4 million people from the country, they will become the largest stateless population in the world.     

    3 August 2018

  • In a shocking incident, Assam resident declared D-voter

    In a shocking error by the state election commission of Assam, a cop who has 4 family members serving in the army has been listed as a D-voter. Assistant sub-inspector, Shah Alom Bhuyan who is a resident of Barpeta was posted as a security person in the year 1997 at the residence of then chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal. Bhuyan has alleged that the officers of the state election commission visited his village and removed his name from the electoral roll when they did not find him.

    Bhuyan has fighting a legal battle for more than 20 years now and also spent a fortune on the same but to no avail. He has been unable to vote in any election for the past 20 years due to being marked as a D-voter. During the 2001 elections, with the aid of AIUDF member Abdul Rahim Khan, Bhuyan raised the matter in Assam assembly but nothing happened with only false assurances provided. In 2010, an Assamese local newspaper printed an article on Bhuyan highlighting his problem which made people and officials finally notice his problem.

    After years of trying, Bhuyan was finally able to get his name into the electoral roll but has been marked a D-voter. The issue has gained momentum in the state with some even claiming that this is happening to him because he belongs to a minority.           

    20 July 2018

  • KAAC can make its own rules and regulations, says HC

    The High Court of Assam has passed a decision saying that the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) can form its own rules and regulations which was already mentioned in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India. The decision has been welcomed by All Karbi Anglong Tribals Students’ Union (AKATSU). In a statement that has been released by the vice president Shumshi Kro and the general secretary of AKATSU, Pranjan Kemprai have praised the efforts of all the organisations that filed a PIL asking the freedom to allow KAAC to form their own rules and regulations. The decision by the high court has been termed as historic by the residents of Karbi Anglong. A spokesperson from AKATSU has said that as an organisation it hopes that the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council will follow the high court’s decision and conduct the elections in 6 months.     

    20 July 2018

  • The Election Commission Will Visit Three North-Eastern States

    A. K. Jyoti, Chief Election Commissioner, will lead an Election Commission Team who will visit the three North Eastern States namely Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya to review how prepared the states are to take the election polls. This news was released by an official from the Tripura election department. The official further stated that  A. K. Jyoti, Chief Election Commissioner, will be accompanied Election Commissioners Om Prakash Rawat and Sunil Arora, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain along with other EC officials. They are expected to start this trip on 28 November 2017 and would start from Nagaland and then head to Tripura and Meghalaya. “During its visit, the Commission would hold a series of meetings with the police, district and state election officials besides high-ups and leaders of various political parties,” the official added.

    30 November 2017

  • Nagaland: Congress Party Launches Clean Election Campaign

    Under the theme ‘Clean election, Youth for Change and Save Nagaland’, The Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress (NPCC) began a clean election campaign at the Congress Bhawan at Kohima. K Therie, NPCC president who was present in the inauguration function noticed that majority of the voters in Nagaland are in the age group of 18 to 40. Therie felt that if these youth can speak up and exercise their voting rights, Nagaland will see brighter days and a just government.

    In his speech, Therie stated that around 1,50,000 youth, including 80,000 educated youth in the State were unemployed. He further stated that the present Government is a party-less Government. Nagaland Baptist Church Council is the one one who initiated ‘Clean Election’ campaign. If all the church workers in 1800 churches in the State of all denominations participate in this campaign, at least 15 to 20% of the population will be impacted which will be a great beginning.

    30 November 2017

  • Patidar Leader Cancels Press Meet Over Differences With Congress

    The Meghalaya Election Department has ramped up efforts to enrol millennials who will be eligible to vote in the upcoming Meghalaya assembly elections next year.

    The department seeks to enrol the 2,000-odd millennials and plans to woo them by feting them on National Voter’s Day (25th January).

    With over 35 lakh individuals in the state as per the 2011 census, there are a scant 17.68 lakh registered voters. The department is hopeful of enrolling millennials before the elections and is also expanding their voter enrolment scheme to entice more voters.

    Some individuals in areas have voter ID cards from both Meghalaya and Assam, which has been a cause for concern.

    24 November 2017

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