Voter ID Card in Telangana

The right to vote is a constitutional right granted to citizens of India by the Indian Constitution. This right permits all citizens who are eligible to participate in the electoral process by choosing their representatives through popular vote.

The electoral process ensures that the representatives are elected by the electorate and are thus held accountable for their actions. As elections are held at regular intervals as stipulated in the Constitution, the ideals of democracy are upheld through free and fair elections.

Individuals who wish to vote are required to register with the Election Commission of India, a body set up to monitor and conduct elections in the country. Each state has a state Election Commission that is responsible for conducting elections in that respective state.

The Election Commission of Telangana issues voter ID cards, known as EPIC (Electoral Photo Identity Card) to individuals who have registered as voters. This card acts as an identity card and is to be presented at polling booths at the time of elections.

Telangana Elections 2019
Telangana Elections 2019

How to apply for Voter ID Card online in Telangana?

Applicants from Telangana can apply for a voter ID card from the comfort of their home, thanks to the online application process. The procedure to apply online is given below:

  • Go to the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana and click on the ‘E-registration’ tab on the top of the homepage.
  • Select the ‘Assembly Constituency’ tab from the drop down menu and click on ‘Form 6’ from the options provided.
  • Fill in the online form with details such as name, address, date of birth, current residence and the declaration.
  • Upload the supporting documents as mentioned in the form and submit them.
  • On submission, an application reference number will be generated that serves as a receipt as well as a tracking number.
  • Once the application has been processed, a Booth Level Officer (BLO) will visit to verify the details as mentioned in the form and documents.
  • On successful verification, the voter ID card will be sent by post to the address as mentioned on the application form.
 

Upcoming Election Updates on Telangana Elections

  • Preparations for elections in Telangana ongoing
  • Disagreement with TRS for distribution of tickets
  • 105 candidates named by TRS for the upcoming polls in Telangana
  • EC to send a team to Telangana to check preparations for upcoming elections
  • The first list of AIMIM candidates for Assembly elections released
  • 20 lakh names deleted from the electoral list in Telangana
  • Revision of voters list in Telangana starts
  • Telangana bracing for elections as early as November
  • Elections in Telangana could be held earlier than the expected date

How to Apply for Voter ID Card Offline in Telangana

Applicants can also apply for a voter ID card offline by following the process mentioned below:

  • Visit the nearest electoral office and collect a copy of Form 6, which is the form for inclusion of name in the electoral roll.
  • Fill in the details and submit the form along with the supporting documents.
  • On submission, an acknowledgement will be issued in the form of an application reference number, which can be used to track the voter id application status.
  • After the application has been processed, a Booth Level Officer (BLO) will make a visit to verify the information mentioned in the application.
  • On successful verification, the voter ID card will be sent by post to the address mentioned in the application form.

Track Voter ID Card Status Online in Telangana

Applicants who wish to know the current status of their voter ID application can do so by tracking their application. The Election Commission of Telangana has made provision for tracking the application status through the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana.

  • Applicants can visit the website and click on the ‘E-registration’ tab and select the ‘Assembly Constituency’ option from the drop down menu.
  • Select the ‘Know Your Status’ option from among the options provided, where applicants can choose to search by Application ID or House Number.
  • On selecting the relevant options, the current status of the application will be displayed on screen.

How to apply for a Duplicate Voter ID in Telangana?

Applicants who have misplaced or lost their voter ID card can apply for a duplicate voter ID card instead of registering for a new voter ID card. The process for applying for a duplicate voter ID card is mentioned below:

  • Visit the electoral office and collect a copy of Form EPIC 002. Alternatively, download a copy of the form from the Election Commission website.
  • Fill in the details as requested such as name, address, date of birth, EPIC number etc. and submit the form.
  • Include a copy of the FIR (First Information Report) filed at the time of the theft or loss as well as supporting documents.
  • On successful verification, the duplicate voter ID card will be sent by post to the address mentioned on the form.

Process of Voter ID Card Correction Online in Telangana

There are occasions when the voter ID card has errors such as name being misspelled or errors in the address. In such instances, individuals can submit an application to get the errors corrected online. The process is described below:

  • Go to the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana and click on the ‘E-registration’ tab on the top of the homepage.
  • Select the ‘Assembly Constituency’ tab from the drop down menu and click on ‘Form 8’ from the options provided.
  • Fill in the form and provide information such as name, address, EPIC number.
  • Upload a document that contains the information to be corrected (such as a passport/Aadhaar card/driving licence/bank passbook).
  • On successful verification of the information, the information will be corrected.

Process of Voter ID Card Correction Offline in Telangana

Applicants can also get the information as mentioned on their voter ID cards corrected through an offline application, as mentioned below:

  • Visit an electoral office and collect a copy of Form 8, or download a copy of the form online.
  • Fill in the details as requested and submit the form along with the necessary documentation that contains the correct information (such as passport/Aadhaar card/driving licence).
  • Once the application has been processed, the information will be corrected and the applicant notified of the correction.

Process to change the address in Voter ID Card Online in Telangana

Individuals with a voter’s ID card who have changed their residence are required to update the Election Commission of this change so that their names can be included in the electoral rolls of the new constituency.

Individuals can now submit an application online to get this change made, with the process given below:

  • Visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana and go to the ‘E-registration’ tab on the top of the homepage.
  • Select the ‘Assembly Constituency’ tab from the drop down menu and click on ‘Form 8-A’ from the options provided.
  • Fill in the form and mention the details as requested such as name, current address, EPIC number, date of birth etc.
  • Upload documents mentioning the changed address (such as a rent agreement, utility bill, ownership deed etc.) and submit the form.
  • On submitting the form, an application reference number will be generated, which can be used to track the status of the application.
  • After the application has been processed and verified, the name will be moved to the electoral roll of the new constituency and the applicant notified of the same.

Process to change the address in Voter ID Card Offline in Telangana

Individuals who have changed their residence and wish to have the change reflected in the electoral rolls can do so by submitting an application to this regard offline as well by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit an electoral office and collect a copy of Form 8-A, which is the form for the transposition of entry from an electoral roll.
  • Fill in the form and attach the supporting documents, including a copy of an official document mentioning the current address (for example, rent agreement, ownership deed, utility bills).
  • On verification of the application, the name will be entered in the electoral roll of the new constituency.

Documents reuired for Voter Id card in Telangana

The following documents are to be submitted when applying for a voter’s ID card in Telangana:

  • Recent passport sized photographs.
  • Proof of address- passport/Aadhaar card/driving licence/ration card/bank passbook.
  • Proof of age (for applicants between the ages of 18and 21 years)- birth certificate/school certificate/PAN card/Aadhaar card/driving licence/bank or post office passbook.

With the quick and convenient registration process, residents of Telangana can apply for a voter’s ID card either offline or online in a few simple steps. As the voter ID card is valid through the lifetime of the holder and can also be used as proof of address and identity, it is a valuable document that all eligible citizens should own.

Apply Online Voter ID Card for Assembly Elections

Telangana Election 2018

The youngest state of India, Telangana, is going to have its first independent assembly election on December 7. The major contesting parties are the incumbent Telangana Rashtra Samithi Telangana Jana Samithi, the Indian National Congress, and Telugu Desam Party. The Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party has also declared that it is contesting for all the 119 seats in the election. For this, it has promised higher budget allocation for agriculture, house for the roofless, and loan waiver for farmers. Also, the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had 5 MLAs in the state assembly, will be trying hard to increase their share of seats in the upcoming elections.

Facts about Telangana politics

Assembly constituencies 119
Ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (till 6th September 2018)
Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (till 6th September 2018)
Parliamentary constituencies 17
Chief Electoral Officer Dr.Rajat Kumar (IAS)
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan

Chief Minister of Telangana – 2018

The first Chief Minister of Telangana, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), founded Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on April 27, 2001. The popular Chief Minister sparked a debate when he decided to dissolve the state assembly on September 6, 2018, for early polls. As the state gears up for the December election, the Congress has accused KCR of cheating the people of the state over free education.

Election Commission of Telangana

Position Name
Chief Electoral Officer Dr.Rajat Kumar (IAS)
Asst.CEO & Asst. Secretary to Govt. A. Vijay Kishore
Dy.CEO & Dy.Secretary to Govt. M.Satyavani
Joint Chief Electoral Officer Amrapali Kata

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News About Voter ID Card in Telangana

  • HC seeks clarification from ECI over mass deletion of names from electoral list in Telangana

    The High court of Telangana has asked for clarification from the Election Commission of India over the mass deletion of names from the electoral roll during the recently concluded legislative assembly elections. In total over 22 lakh names were deleted from the voters list. The High court has asked clarification from ECI  in response to a petition that was filed by an independent security researcher, Srinivas Kodali. The petitioner has asked for greater transparency in the process of addition and deletion of names in the voters list.

    In his PIL, the petitioner has claimed that the addition and deletion of names in the voters list is done by a software tool rather than the procedure which should be followed according to the law. As per Kodali, the software is unable to correctly add and delete names in the voters list as per the law and it is the reason due to which 22 lakh names were deleted from the Telangana electoral list. The PIL in his report has talked about a similar situation which occured in Bihar where the software had detected more duplicate names than it should actually have. The HC has given ECI time till December 27 to respond to the petition.     

    17 December 2018

  • ECI CEO issues clarification over the deletion of names in Telangana

    The Chief Election Officer (CEO) of the Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued clarification over the mass deletion of names from the electoral roll for the recently held legislative assembly elections in Telangana. Talking about the issue in a press conference, OP Rawat, the CEO of ECI said that deletion and inclusions of names during the elections is a process that is pretty normal and deletions of names was done following guidelines that have been laid down by the election commission.

    Talking about the matter, OP Rawat further added that the citizens were given ample time to check the presence of their names in the voter list with the first list being published on the 19th of November. The list was also made available online of the Telangana CEO’s website for people to see as soon as it was published offline. Many voters had complained that their names were not included in the list despite it being present in the electoral roll at the time of 2014 elections. With the mass deletions causing a stir, the election commission has decided to revise the list for the general elections in 2019.      

    14 December 2018

  • Voters blamed for mass deletion fiasco in Telangana

    The Election Commission of India has blamed the voters for the mass deletion of names from the electoral roll that took place in Telangana right before the legislative assembly elections. When many voters on December 7 went to cast their vote, a whopping 26 lakh of them fund their name missing from the electoral roll despite being registered as voters. Talking about the mass deletion fiasco, Chief Election Officer OP Rawat said that just because some voters had voted in the previous elections, they cannot be expected to be registered to vote for that fact alone in this election as well.

    Rawat also went on to add that deletions and additions of names in the voter list is a part and parcel of the whole election process and the names that were deleted from the list were done so after an extensive exercise that was conducted as per the ECI guidelines. The draft of the electoral rolls was published on 19th November with the final list being published on December 10th. The EC does have some credibility in saying that those voters whose name was missing from the electoral roll should have been more careful as the list of names can be checked on the Telangana chief electoral officer’s website ceo.telangana.gov.in. Or, they could have raised an objection by responding to the enrolling authorities by filling in the prescribed form (Form-7). The CEO of Telangana will carry out an exercise to revise the electoral roll for the general elections in 2019.  

    12 December 2018

  • Telangana state EC CEO issues clarification for deletion of names from the electoral roll

    The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Telangana has issued a statement to clarify the matter of the deletion of names from the electoral roll that was used for the recently concluded legislative assembly elections in Telangana. Talking about the issue in a press conference, Rawat said that many media outlets have been reporting the deletion of names from the electoral roll in Telangana as a mistake but it is not so. He said that the deletion and addition of names in the electoral roll is because voter enrolments are an unavoidable part of the whole election process.   

    Talking about the deletion that happened in the electoral rolls of Telangana, Rawat said that the deletion had only taken place after an extensive exercise which involved thoroughly checking the names that were present in the electoral roll initially. The exercise is conducted as per the guidelines provided by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Talking about the complaints received regarding the deletion of names of voters who had voted in the previous legislative assembly election, Rawat said that voting in the previous elections was no guarantee as to having one’s name present in the electoral roll this time around.    

    11 December 2018

  • Lakhs of names found deleted from the voter list in Telangana

    Lakhs of names have been found to be deleted from the electoral roll that was prepared for the recently concluded legislative assembly elections in Telangana. The Election Commission has admitted the same and said that the mass deletion was a mistake. The deletion of names from the electoral roll was first brought up by Congress. The party had alleged that over 22 lakh names had been deleted from the electoral roll without any reason between 2015 and 2018. The polling in the state was conducted on December 7. Many voters complained to the officials at the polling stations that their names were missing from the voters list.

    The Chief Election Officer of the election commission, Rajat Kumar has admitted that a mistake has been made and the commission will investigate the reasons as to why so many names were deleted from the voters list. Many celebrities including international woman badminton player Jwala Gutta claimed on social media that their names were removed from the electoral roll rendering them unable to vote. Despite having a registered voter ID, many people could not find their names on the voting list and were not able to exercise their right to vote.      

    11 December 2018

  • Third gender participation in Telangana elections is recorded at a meagre 9%

    The participation of the third gender in the recently concluded Telangana elections stood at a meagre 9% of the total third gender voters who had registered themselves for the legislative assembly elections. In total, 2885 third gender voters had registered themselves to vote in the elections. The highest third gender voter turnout was seen in the cities of Hyderabad and Yadadri. The Telangana Chief Electoral Officer expressed his surprise on the low voter turnout of the third gender saying that he would take measures so that the situation does not repeat itself in the future.

    However, if compared to the third gender voter turnout from the previous elections in 2014, the number has increased by 6%. The low voter turnout of the third gender can be blamed on the lack of activity by Telangana government as well. Despite the Supreme Court ruling the transgender be identified as third gender, the Telangana government failed to comply. The Andhra Pradesh government had to step in provide funds worth Rs.20 crore to the third gender population of the state.

    10 December 2018

  • CEO of Telangana asks for more youth participation in the upcoming elections

    The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Telangana, Dr. Rajat Kumar has called for more youth to participate in the elections. Rajat Kumar was present at an interactive session organised by the Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI). Rawat’s message to the youth was that instead of thinking that were doing a service to the country by voting, they should think along the lines that the country is doing them a service by allowing them to vote and select their leaders.

    The session consisted of many young people who were avid listeners to OP Rawat’s words. However, when asked as to who among them was registered to vote in the elections, only a few of them raised hands. He urged the others to register their names in the voter list by January in order for them to vote in the elections. At the meeting, the election commissioner also talked about the various initiatives that were being introduced by the election commission to make the elections accessible for all. Mr CA Arun Luharuka, the president of the FTAPCCI said that the session was a success.      

    4 December 2018

  • 32-year transgender to contest elections in Telangana

    For the upcoming legislative assembly elections in Telangana, 32-year-old transgender Chandramukhi has filed her nomination papers. She will be contesting the elections from Goshamahal constituency. Chandramukhi will be fighting the elections representing CPM led Bahujan Left Front (BLF). She will be contesting the elections against former minister and Congress leader Mukesh Goud. Talking about her aspirations if she wins the election from the seat, Chandramukhi said that she would work towards the betterment of the transgender community.

    She also said that she will focus on the employment of child labour which has become a major issue in the constituency. In addition to this, the candidate said that she will also implement schemes for the poor and the financially weak residents of the constituency. Chandramukhi was a male but underwent sex-change operation 15 years ago. Since that time she has been living in the transgender community.    

    28 November 2018

  • Election Commission in Telangana to provide poll vehicles to disabled voters

    The state election commission of Telangana is leaving no stone unturned in order for the legislative assembly elections to be made accessible for all. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has sent poll vehicles that would carry the disabled voters to the polling booths in the city. The initiative is estimated to help 18000 disabled voters in the region. The whole service will be provided free of cost to the public.

    In addition to sending poll vehicles in order to encourage more and more disabled people to vote in the upcoming legislative assembly elections, ramps are being installed and wheelchairs will be provided to the voters in order for them to vote without any difficulties. M Dana Kishore, a senior election commission official has reviewed the preparations and has also directed the state commission to allot the nearest polling booth to the place of residence of disabled voters. An android app has been created called ‘VAADA’ and can be downloaded from the play store by specially abled voters in selecting the nearest polling booth to make the process of voting easier.

    28 November 2018

  • Voter slips in Telangana to be distributed from November 25

    The voter slips for the upcoming elections in Telangana will be distributed from November 25. District Election Officer (DEO) said that the voter slips will be given to the voters at their doorstep. All the voters will be provided the voter slips by the end of December 1. The election commission officials who would be distributing the voter slips will be given special instructions for the same. Supervisory officers, Booth Level Officers (BLOs) and Booth Level Agents from political parties will be involved in the distribution process. In addition to voter slips, EPICs are also to be distributed to the people of the state.

    The state election commission has put special emphasis on this exercise as it believes that the distribution of voter slips and EPICs will increase the participation in the elections. In the last legislative assembly elections, the turnout in Hyderabad was recorded at 54%. The election commission is hoping that the initiative will increase it this time. Rajat Kumar, the DEO of Hyderabad has already set his sights on a record turnout in the city this time around.     

    21 November 2018

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