Exercising your franchise or voting is the fundamental right of every Indian citizen. Being one of the largest democracies in the world, the process of electing leaders through a democratic system has been one of the mainstays of India’s administrative legacy since we achieved Independence.
India has the distinction of being one of the largest democracies in the world, and the key factor in the success of the process are the voters.
Having an electorate that is aware of its rights and the voting process is important for the success of the system. Creating awareness among voters regarding the voting process and the eligibility criteria when it comes to voting is the first step towards a successful voting system.
The government of Kerala has taken great strides when it comes to helping and educating its electorate, especially with regard to obtaining a voter ID card and the various steps behind it.
How to Apply for Voter ID Card Online in Kerala
Applying for a voter’s ID card in Kerala can be done wherever you are, courtesy the online voter registration option provided. You can apply at your convenience for your voter’s ID card and also track the status of your voter ID application online through the dedicated online portal set up by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Kerala.
The process for registering online is a quick and simple one, with the various requirements listed below:
- When making an application for a voter’s ID card in Kerala online, you can visit the official Chief Electoral Office of Kerala website(www.ceo.kerala.gov.in), at
- On the home screen, you will be presented with 3 options by which to register for the process, as mentioned below:
- Self- where you will be applying and filling in the form yourself.
- Through BLO (Booth Level Officer)- for this option, you can apply through the booth level officer for your constituency.
- Through Akshaya Centre- a Government of Kerala initiative meant to provide access to Information Technology services to all across the state.
Self-Application Voter ID Registration Process:
- When you click the “Self” button, a form will be displayed onscreen in both English as well as Malayalam where you will have to enter details such as district you reside in, date of birth and details of your Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) if you already have one.
- You will also have to enter information regarding your residency status (if you are residing in India or are an NRI or Non Resident Indian).
- Once you have entered this information and clicked “Proceed”, you will be directed to a page where you have to provide the voter ID card number of a relative or a neighbour residing near you, as well as your relation to the applicant.
- You will then be sent a link to your registered email address through which you will have to create an account on the website.
- Once you have signed in, you will receive access to the forms necessary to complete your registration.
- For a new registration, you will have to fill in Form 6, which can be filled online.
- Enter the relevant details and submit the form.
- Once you have done so, you will have to submit a hard copy/physical copy of the form and the necessary identity and address proof to your nearest electoral office.
- You will require the signature of the electoral officer on your form, following which it will be sent to the Booth Level Officer (BLO), who will then visit your residence to verify the details you have mentioned in the form.
- Once the details have been verified, you will receive a notification regarding your voter ID card.
- You will have to collect your Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) in person from the electoral office nearest to you, and will now be able to vote.
BLO (Booth Level Officer) Application:
- Select the “Through BLO” option on the homepage and enter the BLO number of your booth officer (you can get the list from the website itself).
- A page will be displayed with the details of your BLO officer and a form where you have to fill in details like your district, date of birth and details of an existing voter ID card, if any.
- Proceed to step 2 and fill in a relative or neighbour’s voter ID card number, as well as their relation to you.
- After submitting the information, an online form will appear onscreen. Fill in the details requested such as your full name, address, gender etc and submit the form.
- You will be directed to the further process via email, such as document submission and the details submitted will be verified.
- On successful verification, you will be notified and can collect your Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) from the electoral office nearest to your residence.
Through Akshaya Centre:
- Enter the Akshaya Centre code on the election website and you will be directed to a page where you are required to enter details regarding your details.
- Log in to your Akshaya Centre account and proceed with the application form, entering the required details and submitting the form online.
- Fill in Form 6 to include your name on the electoral roll of a constituency.
- The Booth Level Officer will verify the details submitted by you and you will be notified regarding the status of your application.
- You can then visit the electoral office and collect your Electoral Photo ID card in person.
The following documents have to be submitted along with your application form:
- Proof of age
- Passport sized photograph
- Proof of address
How to track status in Kerala
Tracking Voter ID Status Online
This facility is not available in Kerala yet, but you can check if your name has been included in the electoral rolls.
- Visit the Kerala CEO website(http://www.ceo.kerala.gov.in/rollsearch.html).
- You can search by entering your Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) Number.
- Alternatively, you can search by selecting a District and Legislative Assembly. Constituency along with details like name, relation name (Name of Father, Mother, Husband or Guardian) and house name.
Tracking Voter ID status via SMS
To track your Voter ID status, you can send the following SMS to 54242/537252.
- ELE voter ID number
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 Kerala
In the event you have misplaced you voter ID card or it was stolen, you can apply for a duplicate voter ID card. The process for applying for a duplicate ID card in Kerala is given below:
- Visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Kerala and click on the “Online Voter Registration” tab on the homepage.
- You will be redirected to the page where you can register as a new voter. Below this is a box with details regarding applying for a duplicate voter ID card.
- Click on the “please download form here” text, which will open Form EPIC 002 in a new tab.
- Fill in the details requested, such as your full name, address, date of birth, voter ID number, constituency etc.
- Once you have filled in the form, print it and submit it to the tehsildar of your constituency.
- The details you have provided will be verified and if the verification is successful, you will receive a notification regarding the same.
- You can collect your duplicate voter ID card from the nearest electoral office in person.
How to Make Corrections in Voter ID Card Online in Kerala
There are occasions when there might be errors in your voter ID card, such as a misspelling in your name or other details. In the event of marriage, women change their surnames. Since the voter ID card is a valid government document and it is used as valid ID proof, it is necessary to ensure the information on the card is both correct and updated.
In such a situation, you would need to apply to make changes or corrections in your existing voter ID card. The procedure to make corrections in your voter id card are mentioned below:
- Go to the portal of the Chief Electoral Officer in Kerala, where you will find a list of forms regarding voter ID applications.
- You will have to submit Form 8 to make changes to entries in the electoral roll with respect to name, address, name of father etc.
- Download the form and fill in the relevant details regarding your voter ID number, date of birth and other details as requested.
- Fill in the changes you wish to make and submit the form online.
- You will receive an acknowledgement and the updated voter ID card will be sent to your address as mentioned on the form, or you can visit the nearest electoral office and collect it in person.
How to Make Corrections in Voter ID card Offline in Kerala
For those who do not have access to the internet or are not adept at using a computer, changes and corrections in the voter ID card can also be made offline. The procedure for making changes in your voter ID card offline is given below:
- Visit your nearest Electoral Office and request for Form 8, the application form to make changes in your voter ID card.
- Fill up the form with the information required and submit it to the same office, whereupon you will receive an acknowledgement.
- Once your application has been verified, you will receive the corrected voter ID card through the post, or you can collect it from the office.
How to Change your Address in your Voter ID Card Online in Kerala
In the event you change your place of residence, the change will also have to be reflected in your voter ID card. The Kerala Election Commission has made it easy for apply for a change in address, with a simple and quick online process. The process is mentioned below:
- Download Form 8A, which is available on the official Election Commission of India website and fill in the details required.
- You are also required to submit proof of your current residential address in the form of utility bills, passport copy, bank pass book etc.
- Once you entered information such as the old address, new address, your full name and your voter ID number, submit the form online, or drop it off at the nearest Electoral Office.
- You will receive an acknowledgement and a Booth Level Officer will visit your present residence to verify the details submitted.
- Once the verification is complete, you will receive your voter ID card with the changed address, or you can collect it from the Electoral Office.
How to Change Address Offline in Voter ID Card in Kerala
To change your address on your voter ID card offline in Kerala, you can follow the following quick and easy steps:
- Visit the nearest Electoral Office and collect a copy of Form 8A, which is the form for migration from one electoral roll to another.
- Fill in the details required such as full name, old address, new address as well as your voter ID card number.
- Please remember to submit a copy of an official document mentioning your current address, such as a passport, bank pass book, electricity/telephone/gas bill etc.
- You will have to submit this to the Electoral Office along with proof of current residence- in the form of utility bills or any such document.
- Once you have submitted the form and documents, a Booth Level officer will visit your current residence to confirm your details as per the form submitted.
- After the verification, you will be issued with a new voter ID card with the address change reflected.
Election Commission of Kerala
The Election Commission of Kerala became functional on December 3, 1993 as per the provisions of article 243(k) under the Constitution of India. In Kerala, the state election commissioner enjoys equal status as that of a judge of the high court. V. Bhaskaran is the current state election commissioner of Kerala who will hold office for a period of five years or 65 years, whichever is earlier. Bhaskaran cannot hold any office of profit after completion of his full term. Furthermore, any proceeding of the election commission of Kerala is considered a judicial proceeding as per Section 228 and Section 193 of IPC, 1860.
State Election Commissioners of Kerala
The state of Kerala has had five state election commissioners till date (May 2016) excluding the current commissioner. The previous state election commissioners of Kerala (in no particular order) are listed below:
- M.S.K. Ramaswami
- K. Sasidharan Nair
- M.S. Joseph
- P. Kamalkutty
- N. Mohandas
Structure of Election Commission
Section officers I and II such as drivers (3), typists (2), watchman, peons (11), data entry operator, computer programmer, clerical assistant report to additional secretaries (I, II, III), senior finance manager, public relations officer, law officer, joint secretaries (panchayat and municipality) and senior administrative officer in turn report to the secretary of the election commission. P. Harikumar is the current secretary of the state election commission of Kerala who reports to the state election commissioner.
Responsibilities of election commissioner
Some of the key responsibilities of state election commissioner of Kerala are listed below:
- Disqualify elected representatives who do not hold grama sabhas
- Assign constituencies and posts which are reserved categories
- Disqualify contesting candidates who fail to submit accounts
- Conduct free and fair elections to the local government
- Take disciplinary action against staff on election duty
- Disqualify members who defect
- Preside over the delimitation commission which is responsible for delimiting constituencies (local government)
Kerala Elections 2019
The Lok Sabha elections in Kerala are scheduled to be held on 23rd of April. The results of the Lok Sabha elections in Kerala in 2014 were as follows:
|Name of political party||Number of seats won|
|Communist Party of India (CPI)||1|
|Indian National Congress||8|
|Communist Party of India (Marxist)||5|
|Indian Union Muslim League (IUML)||2|
|Kerala Congress (M)||1|
|Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP)||1|
Facts about politics in Kerala
The major political parties in Kerala are Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Indian National Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF). Currently, CPI-led LDF is in power in the state. It currently has 92 members in the 140-member legislative assembly.
Chief minister of Kerala
The current chief minister of Kerala is Pinarayi Vijayan of the Left Democratic Front (LDF).
Election commissioner of Kerala
The current election commissioner of Kerala is Tikka Ram Meena
Update on the elections in Kerala
The assembly elections in the state of Kerala were held on the 16th of May 2016 and the counting took place on May 19th 2016. The elections were held in 140 constituencies out of which 2 were reserved for scheduled tribes and 12 for schedule caste candidates. The polling took place in over 21,000 polling stations and, for the first time, included a symbol for NOTA (None of the Above). Even the voter slips this time, carried the photos of the candidates and details about them to help voters know who they are voting for.
Kerala Elections at a Glance
|Chief Electoral Officer||Mr. E. K. Majhi|
|Governor||Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam|
|Address of Chief Electoral Officer||
Kerala Legislative Complex
Vikas Bhavan P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram 695 033
|Number of parliamentary constituencies||20|
|Number of Assembly Constituencies||140|
Highlights of the elections of Kerala
The pre poll opinions were that the ruling party, UDF, might lose its foothold in the state and that the LDF would be the one forming the new government. However, by the time the polls drew closer it seemed that the UDF and the LDF would end up with 70 and 69 seats respectively, with the last remaining seat going to the BJP. The final result of the poll saw LDF win by a massive majority while sweeping up almost all the 140 seats. The LDF ended up winning about 91 seats whereas the ruling UDF party won just over 47 seats.