Voter ID in Odisha

To vote in India is a Constitutional Right if you are of age 18 and above. Though it is optional (India is a free country after all) and hence people treat generally treat voting day as a holiday, it is strongly recommended that you exercise this right. While avoiding this duty might seem harmless, it can be detrimental to our country’s very fabric in the long run. Voting is the agent of change and if the masses are not happy with the current government, they can be shown the door in the next election. Thanks to sheer size of populace, many feel that one vote won’t matter. But soon, that one gets translated to lakhs and then even millions. Not voting means settling for a not-so-best candidate and ultimately the people (which includes you) end up suffering due to bad governance. It is a medium of expression that assures that you matter. Your concerns and primacies matter. While we agree that the results of elections is often unpredictable, by not voting, you are in fact missing your chance to be heard.

Odisha legislative assembly elections 2019

The schedule of the Odisha legislative assembly elections will coincide with the general elections in 2019. Currently, the Biju Janata Dal led by Naveen Patnaik is in power in the state. There a total of 147 seats in the legislative assembly.

  • The elections in Odisha are set to be held in four different phases.  
  • The dates set for polling for the four phases are set as April 11, 13, 18 and 29.  
  • The votes will be counted on May 23.  

Odisha is a state located in the south eastern part of the country. They are predominantly known for its mines (coal and mineral). As a beautiful and historic place, its contribution to the country in terms of heritage is immeasurable. In the Legislative Assembly, the state is divided into 147 electorates and there are 21 Parliamentary electorates there. But ultimately, to vote you need to get yourself an electorate ID card to be a part of this esteemed nation building process. It should be indeed a matter of great pride for us that we belong to a great country where we have the right to choose who govern us. Let us check out some elaborate facts and know-hows when it comes to getting a voter ID card in Odisha.

Odisha Elections 2019
Odisha Elections 2019

Election Forms Available in Odisha

There are many elections forms listed on the site. Each form is fashioned for different purpose. You need to be careful to get the correct form.

The form names and their purposes are given below:

  • Form 6 (Application for inclusion of name in electoral roll)
  • Form 7 (Application form for objection/ deletion of a name in electoral roll)
  • Form 8 (Application form for correction of details given)
  • Form 8 A (to apply for transposition of an entry in the electoral roll).

How to Apply for Voter ID Card Online in Odisha

People of Odisha who wishes to register for their new voter id card must be of age 18 and above. They must also be able to submit a valid proofs of age, identity and residence.

Given below are steps to apply for a voter ID card online in Odisha:

  • First go to the website of Odisha Chief Electoral officer (state election commission website), ceoorissa.nic.in. On the home page, go to the left hand side and click on ‘Apply Online’, which will take you to drop-down options of various forms pertinent to voter ID.
  • Select Form 6, which is the application form for a new applicant to include your name in the voter list of the state and register.
  • Clicking on the Form 6 will navigate you to official election commission of India website, eci-citizenservices.nic.in/Default.aspx and this page gives you the option of logging in or registering for an account. You may easily sign up for a new account with your personal email id and mobile number.
  • Once you sign up for the new account on the portal, you can login using the credentials sent to your email, which will directly take you to Form 6. Enter the details carefully without any error. There will be various columns for your name, surname, date of birth, details of family members and your relation with them, declaration segment, section for uploading your recent passport sized photo and KYC documents.
  • Have you uploaded all the documents? KYC documents can be your passport copy, copy of driving license, latest utility bill, SSLC Book among others. Once this is done, click on the submit button and the entire submission procedure is done.
  • You will be given a unique application procedure number so that you can check or track the status if the verification or delivery of voter ID is delayed due to some reason. Save this number on your phone or write it on a slip and keep it safe.

How to Apply for Voter ID Card Offline in Odisha

As a new voter in Odisha, you can easily register yourself in the electoral rolls of your constituency by collecting the Form 6 from your nearest electorate office. As online services are not universally accessible, there is the traditional offline method to do this as well.

Steps on how to apply for voter ID card offline in Odisha is given below:

  • Go to the office of the regional electoral officer that is closest to your house and collect one Form 6, which is the application form for new voter registration.
  • Fill in the form completely without any mistake as specifically mentioned. Attach copies of all KYC documents asked by them. These serve as proof of identity, age and residence. Don’t forget to attach a recent passport sized photo on the form.
  • Submit the form and documents at the specific electoral office counter and the officer taking the form will issue you a receipt with a unique reference identity number. This number will come handy if you want to check or track the application status.

How to track status in Odisha

Tracking Voter ID Status Online

To check the status of your Voter ID application online, you can follow the steps given below.

  • Visit the Odisha CEO website.
  • Select your District, Assembly Constituency, Part and Form Type.
  • Select the dates and click on “Show”.
  • You can alternatively, enter your Form Number and click on “Show” to generate your results.

Tracking Voter ID status via SMS

To track your Voter ID status, you can send the following SMS to 9238300131.

  • CEOODI 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.

Verification process of the Voter ID card in Odisha

For verification process of the voter ID card in Odisha, a state election commission’s booth level officer will be sent to your given residential address to verify and authenticate copies of submitted documents. If the verification process is positive, you will be sent your voter ID card by post. You also have the option of going to the electoral office and get it in person if you are in a hurry.

How to Apply for Duplicate Voter ID Card in Odisha

There could be a number of circumstances where you have either misplaced, damaged or lost your precious voter ID card. This has to be rectified at the earliest as voter ID could be misused with dire consequences for the owner. The law clearly states that upon losing your election card, it has to be reported to the police immediately, which says a lot. You must also go through this process, if you are sent a wrong voter ID by post. The Odisha Election Commission has transformed the entire procedure of procuring a duplicate voter ID card an expedient one.

Getting a duplicate voter ID card in Odisha entails a few simple steps:

  • First thing to do is lodge an FIR at the police station closest to your residence. The FIR should contain the particulars on how and when you lost or damaged the card and hence you are applying for a duplicate one. Keep a copy with you.
  • You do not need an FIR if you are applying for a duplicate card because the old one was damaged beyond use. But you need to attach the worn copy along with application form.
  • Download EPIC-002 form, which is solely for this purpose and fill in the form carefully as directed. Submit the application to the nearest regional electoral office along with the requested supporting documents.
  • Once your application and all the information in it have been satisfactorily verified by a Booth Level official, you will be sent a duplicate voter ID card via post, or you can collect it in person from the electoral office.

Process of Voter ID Card Correction Online in Odisha

It is possible that you notice some minor or major error on your voter ID card after receiving it. It could be a spelling error in your name, wrong address or the wrong number. These things happen as the applications are huge in number and as reiterated, voter ID should not have any mistakes in it. It is significant since the voter ID card is a government issued card and it functions as an ID proof and not just your ticket to exercise your right to vote. In Odisha, the whole procedure for making a correction or modification in a prevailing voter ID card is no more a tedious process. You can quickly do it online.

If you find any such error, here are the steps to get it rectified on your voter ID in Odisha:

  • Go to the official online portal of the Chief Electoral Officer in Odisha and click on the ‘Forms Download for Voter Registration’ button.
  • Select Form 8 from the various form numbers listed and download it. This is the form you can use to get any correction done on your card.
  • Take a printout of the form and duly fill in all the requested info and attach proof as per requirement. For instance, if the spelling is found to be wrong, mention that and attach a copy of the document (such as SSLC Book) with the correct name. You can also submit an affidavit attested by a government gazette officer, passport among others.
  • You may submit the form along with the supporting documents by post or in person to your closest regional electoral office, after which you will get an acknowledgement slip. Keep this safe. This can be used to track the application status.
  • Once everything is successfully verified to the officer’s satisfaction, you will get an updated voter ID card by post. You can also collect it from the office directly.

Process of Voter ID Card Correction Offline in Odisha

In the event of finding errors (however slight) in the info printed on your voter ID card, you may now get this altered through an easy and swift method in Odisha. You can opt to get this done by offline method if online correction looks difficult to you.

The process of offline application to correct details on your ID is mentioned as follows:

  • Visit the office of the regional electoral officer nearest to your house and request for a Form 8, which is the specific application form to apply to make any kind of correction in your voter ID card.
  • Fill in the details as requested and affix supporting documents as detailed in the form’s guiding principles.
  • For changes in the name, attach proof of the name to be changed or corrected (passport, SSLC Book, affidavit signed by a gazette officer, marriage certificate etc.)
  • Send the form plus documents by post or in person to the office.
  • Once everything is successfully verified to the officer’s satisfaction, you will get an updated voter ID card by post. You can also collect it from the office directly.

Process of changes of Address for Voter Card Online in Odisha

As your voter ID card is issued by government, it is considered one of the most important document that validates your citizenship. Hence any change must be updated immediately. People change their place of residence due to numerous reasons such as job change, studies, transfer etc. This has to be reflected in your ID proofs as well. Yes, you must update your address so your name will be entailed in the electoral rolls at your present place of residence, and to make sure it is taken off from the rolls in your previous constituency. These days with everything going digital, things like changing the address on voter ID is as easy as it comes.

In Odisha, the process of change of address for your voter ID card online is explained in a few simple and quick steps below:

  • Go to the official website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha and click on the ‘Forms Download for Voter Registration’.
  • Out of all the forms listed there, click on the Form 8 A to download it. This is the form specially formulated for transposition of name from electoral roll from one constituency to another.
  • Enter all the details asked in the form correctly and carefully. Remember that correcting any error will take another round of the same process.
  • Attach all the supporting documents required such as proof for current address such as the most recent utility bill, rental/ lease agreement copy etc.
  • Submit them to the nearest regional electoral office and once they receive your application, they will send a Booth Level Officer (BLO) will call at your place to verify your given address.
  • And once the BLO is ensured that all documentation is up to mark, you will be sent your new voter ID card. Or you can go to the office and collect it personally.

Process of changes of Address for Voter Card Offline in Odisha

Are you planning to relocate to a new city (under new constituency) or have you already? Then it would be a wise move to get your residence address updated on your card unless you plan to return to your home town for every election. Voter ID is often used as a residence proof cum ID proof, and having your old address on it will defeat the purpose. The good news is that you do not have to go through the entire process of re-registering in the constituency at your current place of residence. You may simply choose to transfer your name to the voters list of that constituency and all your relevant info will be transferred or altered to the new constituency without a glitch. To update your address in the voter ID card, the Odisha Election Commission has fashioned a seamless process, making it speedier and less cumbrous.

The process for offline change of address for voter ID in Odisha is explained step-by-step below:

  • Go to the closest electoral office and ask for a copy of Form 8A, the form for transposition of name/ address from electoral rolls.
  • Fill in the form completely and correctly with all the requested info and attach a copy of your current residence proof. It could be the latest utility bill, rental/ lease agreement, ration card etc.
  • Submit the 8 A Form along with supporting documents to the electoral office.
  • Upon receiving your application for change of address, a Booth Level Officer (BLO) will come to your new residence to verify the address you have given.
  • On successful and satisfactory verification of the address, you will be sent an Odisha voter ID card with the updated address. Or you can get it personally from the office.

Odisha Election Updates 2019

Facts about Odisha politics

Total number of assembly constituencies 147
Ruling party in power Biju Janata Dal
Name of the chief minister Naveen Patnaik
Name of the governor Ganeshi Lal
Name of the opposition party Indian National Congress (INC)
Total number of parliamentary constituencies 21
Name of the chief electoral officer Surendra Kumar

The chief minister of Odisha

The chief minister of Odisha is Naveen Patnaik. He has been the chief minister of the state since 2000 which means he is also the longest serving chief minster in its history. In the legislative assembly elections in 2014, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) won 117 out of the 147 seats which was increase of 14 seats from the previous election.

Election Commission of Odisha

The election commission of Odisha was setup in 1992.

Position Name of the person
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar

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News About Voter ID in Odisha

  • Nominations of 8 candidates from 5 parliamentary constituencies rejected in Odisha

    On Wednesday, Electoral officers rejected the nominations of 8 candidates from 5 parliamentary constituencies after scrutiny of nominations for 2nd phase polls ended. This was informed by the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar. The CEO stated that the nominations were rejected for various reasons. It needs to be mentioned here that a total of 45 candidates had filed nominations for 5 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha to be held during the second phase of elections on April 18. Earlier, election officials had rejected the nomination of one candidate from among 29 applications who had filed from Lok Sabha seats for which elections will be held in the first phase.

    It needs to be mentioned here that the notification for the third phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls are slated to be issued today. The notification will be for six parliamentary constituencies. The last date for filing nominations is April 4 while scrutiny of the papers will be carried out on April 5.

    28 March 2019

  • CPM to contest legislative assembly elections in Odisha without BJD

    Communist Party of India (Marxist) has decided to contest the upcoming legislative assembly elections in Odisha in 2019 without allying with BJD. The party has ruled out alliance with either BJP or BJD as it believes that both of these political parties are culprits of poor governance and corruption in the state and centre. Speaking at the state committee meeting of the party, Sitaram Yechury, the chief spokesperson of CPM said that the party aims to form a government that does not include any allies of the BJP and govern the state in a way which benefits the people directly.

    CPM’s decision to not support BJD in Odisha comes in the wake of many decisions in which BJD has supported the government at the centre. Yechury also said that he would be willing to form an alliance with Congress for the upcoming legislative assembly elections in order to defeat BJP and the BJD. The CPM has also made it clear that it only plans to contest only one lok sabha seat in the general elections in 2019. Yechury criticised the state government of BJD for closing down relief  camps when two calamities in the form of storms have hit the state hard.

    17 October 2018

  • Preparations for general elections 2019 begin in Odisha

    Preparations for general elections 2019 have begun in Odisha with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state, Surendra Kumar ordering the district officers to estimate the cost of the arrangements that are required to be made for the upcoming general elections. The progress made in the construction of strong rooms and other infrastructure required for the conduction of elections in the state also has to be examined as per Kumar.  

     

    In the letter written by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to the district officers, the officers have been asked to create a list of requirements with reasonable justification for the demand so that the proper conduction of the elections can happen. Other things that are to be checked by the district officers in preparation for the elections include the requirement of funds for poll conduction parties travel and stay, buying materials for the election and the transportation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to the state.

    In addition to all the things mentioned above, the CEO has also made known to the district officers about the usage of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail Machines (VVPAT) in the elections next year. The VVPAT will be attached to the EVM. As per data collected, Rs.110 crore was spent across 36,000 booths on the conduction of general elections in 2014 in the state.    

    29 June 2018

  • Naba Kumar Nayak Appointed as the New State Election Commissioner in Odisha

    Just before the urban local body elections in Odisha which is all set to be held by the end of 2018, the government has gone ahead and appointed a new Election Commissioner in Odisha. It is noted that the newly appointed EC, Naba Kumar Nayak, is a former bureaucrat.

    According to sources, Rabi Narayan Senapati will be replaced by Naba Kumar Nayak. As Naba Kumar Nayak is a retired IAS officer, he comes in with great administrative experience. He had served as a member and the chairman in-charge of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC).

    7 February 2018

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