A voter ID card is an essential document in a democracy as it provides the citizen with the right to elect his/her representative. A vote ID card allows citizens to actively participate in the democratic process by electing individuals to represent them in public office.
The electoral process being the backbone of a democracy, voting plays a key role in ensuring that governments are elected in a fair manner and by popular vote, with every citizen receiving equal representation.
The Constitution of India has made provision for the establishment of a body called the Election Commission of India, which conducts elections and also registers voters and monitors the election process. This helps prevent the possibility of electoral malpractices taking place.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) monitors elections at the national, state, regional and local self-government levels.
Each state also has its own Election Commission to assist the ECI in its duties and responsibilities, with the state Election Commissions managing the duties for their respective state/union territory.
Besides conducting elections, the Election Commission also issues electoral voter cards to eligible citizens, through which they are permitted to vote in elections. At present, the ECI issues coloured voter ID cards, called EPIC (Electoral Photo Identity Card) to eligible voters.
How to apply for Voter ID Card online in Chhattisgarh?
To apply for a voter ID card online in Chhattisgarh, applicants can follows the steps mentioned below:
- Visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh and click on the ‘For Voters’ link and the ‘Apply Online in CGWS to Add Your Name in Electoral Roll/Constituency’.
- Register on the site and log in with the credentials sent.
- Select the option for Form 6 and fill in the form, mentioning details such as name, address, date and place of birth, gender, parents’ details etc.
- Upload the supporting documents required and submit the form.
- An application number will be generated, which can be used to track the application.
- Once the application is processed, a Booth Level Officer (BLO) will make a visit to confirm the details mentioned in the application.
- On successful confirmation of the details, the voter ID card will be sent to the address mentioned in the application form.
How to apply for Voter ID Card offline in Chhattisgarh?
Applicants from Chhattisgarh can also choose to apply for a voter ID card offline, by following the steps mentioned below:
- Visit an electoral office in the neighbourhood and collect a copy of Form 6, which is the form for inclusion of name in the electoral roll.
- Submit the filled in form along with the supporting documents to the electoral office.
- An application number will be generated on receipt of the form, which can be used to track the application.
- Once the application has been processed, a Booth Level Officer (BLO) will visit to verify the details mentioned in the application.
- On successful verification, the voter ID card will be sent to the applicant’s address by post.
Track Voter ID Card Status Online in Chhattisgarh
Applicants can track the status of their voter ID card online in the following way:
- Visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh and click on the ‘For Voters’ tab on the homepage.
- Click on the ‘Status of Online Application Form’ from the drop down menu options on screen.
- Enter the application reference number allotted at the time of form submission and the captcha characters.
- The current status of the application will be displayed on screen.
How to Apply for a Duplicate Voter ID Card in Chhattisgarh
Voters who have misplaced or lost their voter ID cards can apply for a duplicate voter ID card. This can also be done in case the voter ID card was stolen. The procedure for the same is mentioned below:
- In the case of theft or loss of the voter ID card, an FIR (First Information Report) is to be filed at the local police station.
- Once the FIR has been filed, submit the same along with the supporting documents and a copy of the form EPIC 002 (available at a local electoral office or downloadable from the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh).
- Submit the documents and form to the electoral office.
- Once the application has been processed, the duplicate voter ID card will be sent to the address mentioned in the application form by post.
Process of Voter ID Card Correction Online in Chhattisgarh
Voters who have noticed errors in their voter ID cards such as names misspelled or errors in details in the address etc. can get these corrected by submitting an application online.
The procedure to make corrections in the voter ID card is given below:
- Visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh and log in to the portal.
- On the webpage, select Form 8 and fill in the details requested.
- Submit the form and upload the supporting documents. For name/address changes, upload documents mentioning the correct information like a passport/PAN card/other official document.
- Once the application has been processed, the information will be corrected in the records.
Process of Voter ID Correction Offline in Chhattisgarh
Voters can apply to get erroneous details in their voter ID cards corrected offline as well, by following the process mentioned below:
- Visit the nearest electoral office and collect a copy of Form 8, which is the form to correct details in the electoral roll.
- Fill in the form and submit it along with supporting documents that mention the correct information (such as passport/PAN card/Aadhaar card/other official document).
- Once the documents have been submitted to the electoral office, they will be processed and verified.
- On successful verification, the information will be changed and the changes reflected.
Process of Change of Address in Voter ID Card Online in Chhattisgarh
Voters who have changed their address and wish to make the change in the electoral roll can do so online by following the below process:
- Visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh and log in to the site using the credentials assigned.
- Select Form 8A, the form for transposition of entry from electoral roll.
- Fill in the form and upload the necessary documentation (proof of current residence such as rent agreement, utility bills, ownership deed etc.).
- Once the application has been processed, the changes will be reflected in the electoral rolls and the applicant will be notified of the same.
Process of Change of Address in Voter ID Card Offline in Chhattisgarh
Voters who have changed their address and wish to make the change in the electoral roll, enabling them to vote in their new constituency, can follow the step mentioned below:
- Visit an electoral office and collect a copy of Form 8A, the form for transposition of entry in the electoral roll.
- Fill in the information required and submit the form along with the supporting documentation (a copy of current address proof such as ownership deed, utility bills, rent agreement etc.).
- Once the applications has been processed, the changes would be reflected in the electoral roll and the applicant would be notified.
Documents to Be Submitted for Voter's ID
The following documents have to be submitted when applying for a voter ID card:
- Recent passport sized photographs.
- Proof of age (for applicants between the ages of 18 and 21 years)- birth certificate/PAN card/Aadhaar card/driving licence/bank passbook etc.
- Proof of address- passport/Aadhaar card/ration card/post office or bank passbook/driving licence etc.
Applicants from Chhattisgarh can use the above methods to register for a voter’s ID card and participate in the electoral process during national, state as well as regional assembly elections.
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Chhattisgarh Election 2019
The Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh will be held in three different phases. The dates are April 11, April 18 and April 23.The results of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 in Chhattisgarh were as follows:
|Name of political party||Number of seats won|
|Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)||10|
|Indian National Congress||1|
Facts about Chhattisgarh politics
The two major political parties fighting for supremacy in Chhattisgarh are the traditional heavyweights Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) is new entrant in the Chhattisgarh political scenario this year. In the legislative assembly elections that were held in 2018, Congress won the majority.
Chief minister of Chhattisgarh
The current chief minister of Assam is Bhupesh Baghel of the Indian National Congress (INC).
Election commissioner of Chhattisgarh
The chief election commissioner of Chhattisgarh is Subrat SahooM.
Chhattisgarh Election 2018
The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly elections are set to be held in two phases in the month of November 2018. The first phase for 18 constituencies of South Chhattisgarh, predominantly Naxal affected areas, will be held on 12th November. The election for the remaining 72 constituencies will be held in the second phase on 20th November. A tough competition is being expected between the Indian National Congress (INC) and the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The notifications for the first and the second phases were issued on 16th October and 23rd October respectively. The results will be declared on 11 December 2018.
Facts about Chhattisgarh politics
|Ruling party||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)|
|Current Chief Minister||Raman Singh|
|Chief Electoral Officer||Subrat Sahoo|
|Opposition party||Indian National Congress|
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh – 2018
Bhupesh Baghel has been the Chief Minister of the state since 2003. The BJP would be banking on his development track record to win yet another term in the state. On the other hand, the Indian National Congress has fielded Karuna Shukla, niece of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, against Singh from the Rajnandgaon assembly constituency.
Election Commission of Chhattisgarh
|Chief Electoral Officer||Subrat Sahoo (IAS)|
|Deputy Chief Electoral Officer||U.S. Agrawal|
|Joint Chief Electoral Officer||Sameer Vishnoi (IAS), Shrimati. Padmini Bhoi Sahu|
|Joint Chief Electoral Officer(SVEEP)||Dr.K. R. R. Singh|
|Assistant Chief Electoral Officer||Manish Mishra, Shrikant Verma, Jageshwar Kumar Kaushal|
|Additional Chief Electoral Officer||Dr.S. Bhartidasan (IAS)|