New Delhi: To ensure that bonafide voters do not face hurdles while casting their ballot, the Election Commission on Wednesday asked the poll machinery in Delhi to "ignore" minor discrepancies in the photo I-card provided the identity can be established.
Issuing two separate directions to Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, EC also said polling stations which had registered a higher voter turnout in the last elections, should have more polling personnel to ensure a smooth process.
It said returning officers and sector officers should make a real time assessment of the stations where polling process is slow and should deploy additional hands to enable the voting process gathers momentum.
They have been asked to maintain a "poll" of polling personnel who could be deployed to polling stations based on requirement.
Referring to the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC), EC said, "Minor discrepancies in the entries therein should be ignored provided the identity of the elector can be established by EPIC."
It said that voters having EPIC issued by the electoral registration officer of any other Assembly constituency should be accepted as a valid proof of identification provided the name of the voter is present in the electoral roll of the seat pertaining to the polling station where he or she has turned up to cast the ballot.
EC said its instructions on EPIC will also be applicable for Lok Sabha bypoll in West Bengal and Assembly by-elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh being held on February 13.
It said voting should end at the prescribed time of 6 PM even if it had started later than 7 AM due to any reason. But at the same time, it said people who have queued up to cast their vote should be allowed to do so even after 6 PM.
For the purpose, 200 "pre-printed" slips with serial numbers would be given to returning officers of each polling station. The returning officer will distribute the slips to people standing in queue beginning from the last person in line.
Just as the polling is about to end, the returning officer will pause the polling process "for a while" and ask people waiting to vote to join the queue so that the slips can be distributed.