India follows a system of representative democracy, where eligible citizens elect their representatives under the ‘one person, one vote’ system. This ensures a popular representation of elected individuals who hold office.
The Indian Constitution has made provision for the setting up of an Election Commission which ensures that elections are conducted in a free and fair manner. The Election Commission also registers new voters and takes care of the pre and post-election activities such as permissions for campaigning and vote counting.
As India has over 8 crore eligible voters, it becomes difficult for one organisation to handle all activities. For this reason, there are State Election Commissions that function under the Election Commission and look after election related activities for their respective state or union territory.
All eligible individuals have to register for a voter ID card, called an EPIC (Electoral Photo Identity Card).
Eligibility Criteria to Get an EPIC
While the Indian Constitution has provided for voting rights, there are certain eligibility criteria that have to be met by applicants, which are mentioned below:
- The applicant should be a citizen of India (either through birth or naturalization).
- The applicant should have completed 18 years of age.
How to Apply for a Voter ID Card
The Election Commission, in an effort to make the application process more convenient for applicants, has introduced an online application system for voter ID cards. Applicants can now apply either online or offline.
How to Apply for Voter ID Card Online
Applicants in Ghaziabad can apply online for a voter’s ID card by referring to the steps mentioned below:
- Visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh and click on the ‘Online Services for Voters’ tab on the homepage.
- In the new window that opens, select the ‘Apply Online for registration of New Voter’ tab.
- Fill in the online form (Form 6) with the details requested, such as name, address, date of birth etc.
- Upload the supporting documents and submit the form.
- An application number will be generated, which can be used to track the application status.
- A Booth Level Officer (BLO) will visit to verify the details.
- Once the information is processed and verified, the voter ID card will be sent to the applicant’s address by post.
How to Apply for Voter ID Card Offline
Applicants can apply for a voter ID card offline in Ghaziabad by following the steps outlined below:
- Visit the local electoral office and collect a copy of Form 6, or download it from the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh.
- Submit the filled in form along with the supporting documents to the office, after which an acknowledgement will be issued.
- Once the application is processed, a Booth Level Officer (BLO) will visit the applicant’s home to verify the information submitted.
- On successful verification, the voter ID card will be mailed to the applicant.
Tracking Voter ID Status
Applicants who wish to track the current status of their voter ID card applications can do so either online or offline through services offered by the Election Commission.
Track Voter ID Status Online
Applicants who wish to track their voter ID status online can do so by visiting the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh and click on the ‘Know Your Application Status’ from the ‘Voters Services’ tab.
On the new page that opens, enter details such as district, assembly constituency, applicant name and form type, after which the current status of the application will be displayed onscreen.
Track Voter ID Status via SMS
Applicants can track their voter ID application status through SMS by sending UPEPIC
Track Voter ID Status through ECI Helpline
Applicants can also check the status of their vote ID applications through the ECI helpline by calling on 1950 on working days between 10 am to 5 pm.
The following documents are to be submitted when applying for a voter ID card:
- Passport sized photographs.
- Proof of age (in case of applicants between the ages of 18-21 years)- driving licence/birth certificate/passport/PAN Card/bank pass book/Aadhaar card.
- Proof of residence- passport/Aadhaar card/utility bills/ration card/driving licence/bank pass book or post office pass book.
How to Apply for Duplicate Voter ID Card
Applicants who have lost their voter ID cards or have had them stolen can apply for a duplicate voter ID card. The application procedure is listed below:
- If the voter ID card was lost or stolen, file an FIR (First Information Report) at a local police station.
- Collect a copy of Form EPIC 002 from an electoral office or download it from the Election Commission website.
- Submit the filled in form along with the FIR and other supporting documents to the electoral office.
- On processing of the documents, the duplicate voter ID card will be sent by post to the applicant.
How to Get Corrections/Changes Made to Voter ID Card Online
In the event that corrections are to be made to the voter ID card due to errors, or if there are any changes to be made (in the event of a name change etc.), applicants can submit an application online to make these changes.
Depending on type of change being made, either Form 8 or Form 8A are to be submitted. The details for both are mentioned below:
- Correction/Updating Using Form 8:
- Applicants who wish to make changes or corrections in their voter ID card can visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh and fill in the online form.
- Details such as the applicant’s name, address, details to be changed and supporting documents validating the change or correction are to be submitted with the application form.
- On verification of the information, the changes would be reflected.
- Changing Constituency using Form 8A:
- Applicants who have changed their address and wish to update the same in the electoral rolls can do so by submitting Form 8A online.
- The form can be accessed through the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh.
- Once the form is filled, supporting documents such as rent agreement, utility bills or ownership deed is to be attached along with the application form.
- Once the application is verified and processed, the changes will be reflected in the electoral rolls.
How to Get Changes/Corrections Made to Voter ID Card Offline
Applicants can make changes or corrections to their voter ID cards offline as well, with the process outlined below:
Correction/Updating using Form 8:
- Visit an electoral office and collect a copy of Form 8 or print a copy from the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh.
- Submit the application along with the supporting documents.
- Once the application has been processed, the relevant changes will be reflected.
Changing Constituency using Form 8A:
- Changes in the constituency due to change of address can be made by submitting Form 8A.
- The form, available at a local electoral office or on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, is to be filled in and submitted along with the relevant supporting documents (rent agreement, ownership deed, and utility bills form new address).
- Once the application is processed and verified, the changes would be reflected in the electoral roll in the new constituency.
FAQ on Voter ID Ghaziabad
- What are the various enrolment options to apply for a new voter ID card in Ghaziabad?
Applicants from Ghaziabad can apply either online (through the official website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh) or offline (through an electoral office or Booth Level Office) for a new voter ID card.
- Can citizens of India residing overseas register for a voter ID card?
Yes, overseas citizens of India (including Non Resident Indians provided they have not taken citizenship of any other country) can register for a voter ID card.
- Can I enrol in my hometown if I am a resident of Ghaziabad?
No, as per the rules laid down, you are a resident of Ghaziabad and thus have to enrol as a voter in Ghaziabad and not your hometown.
- How can I check my name in the electoral roll?
To check your name in the electoral roll, visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh and click on the ‘Check Your Name in Electoral Roll/Voter’s List’ option provided on the website.
- As an overseas voter, what application form do I have to use to register for a voter’s ID card?
As an overseas voter, you will have to fill in Form 6A to apply for a voter’s ID card.