One of the most important aspects of democracy is the participation of citizens in the Government. India is the largest democracy in the world and has the most number of voters when compared to other countries. Voting is not only the right of every citizen but is also their duty. But, given a country as populous as India, conducting an election is never an easy task. During elections, there have been instances of malpractices and vote rigging. Hence, to make things easier for citizens and to ensure the essence of democracy is maintained, the Government of India introduced Voter ID cards. These cards act as an identification for all eligible voters and is issued by the Election Commission of India. Though the main purpose of voter ID card is to prevent frauds during election and to improve accuracy, they also act as identification proof for other purposes.
In Karnataka, citizens can easily apply for inclusion in electoral roll and deletion or modification online through the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka. With over 225 assembly constituencies and 28 parliamentary constituencies, elections in Karnataka are conducted in accordance in Constitution of India. Citizens can apply for a Voter ID card online in Karnataka easily and exercise their duty during elections.
How to Apply for Voter ID Online in Karnataka
A candidate can apply for a new Voter ID online in Karnataka through the website offered by the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka.
Here are the steps given below to apply online for a new Voter ID in Karnataka:
- Visit the website of CEO Karnataka. In the homepage, you will be asked to register if you are a new user. You will have to specify name and email id and the login details will be sent to your phone via SMS.
- Once you have logged in, select the option to apply for a fresh Voter ID. You will be asked to fill the Form 6 completely for the inclusion of your details in the electoral roll.
- In Form 6, you will have to provide information like place of birth, spouse’s name, parent’s name, age, present address and also the details of other family members whose name have already been included in the electoral roll.
- You will also have to upload all necessary documents on the site including photographs and KYC documents.
- Once all this is done, you can submit the application form after which a reference number will be provided. Using this reference number, you can make enquiries regarding the application for your new Voter ID.
- Once the application is reviewed, the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) will visit your residence to check the details and will further process your application. Once your application is approved, the Voter ID will be sent to your residential address.
How to Apply for Voter ID Offline in Karnataka
If you are not familiar with the online process of applying for a new voter ID or would like to file a Voter ID application in person, follow the steps given below:
- In the offline process, you can visit the nearest Karnataka state Election Office and procure Form 6. After you have received the Form 6, you must enter all details like your name, place of birth, spouse’s name, parent’s name, residential address, talku & constituency and also information about other family members whose name is already present in the electoral roll.
Also, depending on if you want to include your name or make changes, you must submit different forms. The form numbers with their purposes is given below.
- Form 6 - Application for inclusion of name in electoral roll after the draft publication of roll
- Form 7 - Application form for objection to include a name in electoral roll
- Form 8 - Application form for correction of details in electoral roll
- Form 8 A - Application form for transposition of an entry in the electoral roll
- You must also submit other documents like address proof, age proof and photograph with Form 6. Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed and BLOs (Booth Level Officers’) will visit your residence to verify if the information that you have mentioned is correct.
- Also, to ensure that all eligible voters receive an Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) or Voter ID card, the Election Commission of India (ECI) organizes frequent drives at Designated Photographic Locations (DPIs). Such drives are announced and advertised in all popular media channels. You can make use of such drives conducted by ECI to get a new Voter ID without any hassles.
How to track status in Karnataka
Tracking Voter ID Status Online
To check your status online, visit the Karnataka CEO website You can check your status using the following information:
- Select your district
- Enter your phone number
- Click on “Search” to generate your results
Tracking Voter ID status via SMS
To check if your name has been included in the Electoral Roll, you can send the following SMS.
- KAEPIC Voter Card No to 9243355223 .
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 in Karnataka
In case you have lost your Voter ID card or it has been stolen, you must immediately file a complaint and get a new one lest your card might be misused.
The steps given below elucidate the procedure of getting a duplicate Voter ID in Karnataka:
- Once you have found that your Voter ID card has been lost or stolen, you must immediately file a complaint at the nearest police station and have to file a FIR.
- At the police station, you will have to submit a letter mentioning the loss of card with details like the name on Voter ID, date of loss, place of loss and Voter ID card number.
- After the FIR has been filed, you have to secure the Form 002 issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) which will help you get a duplicate Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC).
- With the Form 002, you will also have to submit KYC documents like address proof and identity proof. All documents must be submitted at the nearest Election Commission Office.
- The application for duplicate Voter ID will be reviewed and if found genuine, the duplicate Voter ID card will be issued and sent to your residence.
Process of Voter ID Card Correction Online in Karnataka
It is the duty of every voter to ensure that the information mentioned in the Voter ID is correct since the Voter ID acts as an identity proof. If you happen to find that your date of birth, photograph or name has been mentioned incorrectly in the Voter ID, you can get it changed online with no difficulty.
Given below are the steps to make corrections in your Voter ID online in Karnataka:
- Visit the web portal of Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka. In the homepage, you will have to use your credentials to login.
- After you have logged in, select your district and Assembly Constituency. Also, you can check your Assembly Constituency in Bangalore by selecting your ward.
- You will be asked to re-enter the particulars in Form 8. You will also have to input your Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) number.
- Also, details like name, date of birth, photo, parent’s name and spouse’s name will be asked.
- You will have to upload the supporting documents. For example, if you have to correct the name, you must upload identity proof documents like PAN card or passport.
- Once this form is submitted and reviewed by the Election Officers’, a new Voter ID with the changes specified will be sent to your home address.
Process of Voter ID Card Correction Offline in Karnataka
Your Voter ID card must have the correct information about your date of birth, name, age and photograph since it acts as your identity.
You can get the details entered in the voter ID changed to correct information by following the steps given here:
- Fill the Form 8 completely by entering the correct information. Form 8 is designed by the Election Commission of India for correcting the details mentioned in the Voter ID.
- You will have to provide the right documents for supporting the change in Voter ID. For example, for a candidate wishing to change the surname after marriage, she must present the marriage certificate.
- Also, the original copy of the existing voter ID must be submitted at the Election Commission Office along with other documents and Form 8.
- The application for change of particulars in the Voter ID in Karnataka will be reviewed and new Voter ID will be issued.
Process of Change of Address in Voter ID online in Karnataka
If you have moved to a new city or a new assembly constituency or if the address has been mentioned incorrectly in the Voter ID, you must apply for a change of address in Voter ID and ensure that the address always stays correct.
In Karnataka, address in Voter ID can be changed easily with the online portal:
- Visit the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka’s website. In the home page, log on to the portal using the credentials.
- Select the form for “Transposing your name in the electoral roll”. After this, you will be required to enter details about your Assembly Constituency and district.
- Form 8 A will be displayed which is for transposition of entry in electoral roll by correcting the entry. You will be asked to enter a few details in the form like name, date of birth, address etc.
- You will have to input the new address as well as the old address in the form 8 A.
- Once you submit the form, you will receive an application. Your application will be reviewed and the new Voter ID will be sent to your home address.
Process for Change of Address in Voter ID offline in Karnataka
If you are not familiar with the process of filling up the Form 8 A for transposition of entry online, you can change your address offline also.
The steps given below describe how to change your address in a Voter ID offline in Karnataka:
- Procure form 8 A and completely fill it. Form 8 A is designed by the Election Commission of India for correcting the address in Voter ID.
- Submit the form 8 A at the nearest Election Commission Office (ECO) with all supporting documents like ration card and passport.
- Once your application is reviewed, the new Voter ID will be sent to your residential address.
Karnataka Election Commission
The State Election Commission of Karnataka came into existence in May 1993 following the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution of India. The State Election Commission of Karnataka is an independent entity which is responsible for the smooth conduct of elections to various types of rural local bodies, namely, taluka panchayats, zilla panchayats and grama panchayats. The election commission of Karnataka is also responsible for holding elections to urban local bodies such as city municipal councils, municipal corporations, town panchayats and town municipal councils.
The State Election Commission of Karnataka supervises elections to local bodies as per the provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976, Karnataka Municipalities Act 1964 and Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act 1993. Furthermore, election commission under the Karnataka local authorities prohibition of defection act 1987, can order an enquiry on complaints against members of zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat. The election commission of Karnataka also has the power to disqualify members of zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat in case they fail to attend more than three meetings. The election commission is primarily responsible for the enforcement of the model code of conduct across the state of Karnataka during elections.
P.N. Sreenivasachary is the current state election commissioner of Karnataka. S. Honnamba is the secretary of the state election commission while Chandra Shekar R., R. Kavitha Rani and Nagaraju. N.R are all under secretaries.
Rules and Acts
The various rules and acts which have to be followed by the state election commission of Karnataka are listed in the table below:
|Rural local bodies||Urban local bodies|
|The Karnataka Panchayat Raj (Conduct of Election) Rules, 1993||The Karnataka Municipalities Act, 1964|
|The Karnataka Local Authorities (Prohibition of Defection) Act, 1987||The Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976|
|The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993||The Karnataka Municipalities (Election of Councillors) Rules, 1977|
|-||The Karnataka Municipal Corporation (Election)Rules, 1979|
Karnataka Elections 2019
The Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka are scheduled to be held in two different phases. The dates of the polling are April 18 and April 23. The results of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 in Karnataka were as follows:
|Name of political party||Number of seats won|
|Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)||17|
|Indian National Congress||9|
|Janata Dal Secular (JDS)||2|
Political facts about Karnataka
There are three major political parties in Karnataka. These are the Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS). Currently, a coalition of Janata Dal United and Indian National Congress is in power in the state.
Chief minister of Karnataka
The current chief minister of Karnataka is HD Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal Secular (JDS).
Election commissioner of Karnataka
The current election commissioner of Karnataka is Sanjiv Kumar.