Only EPIC, voter`s slip as ID proof for polling

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 10:27

Panaji: In a bid to regulate the election
process, Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to
discard 14 documents that were considered as proof of identity
during voting.

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi told reporters
that the electoral photo identity card (EPIC), and the voter`s
slip would be the only documents permitted as an identity
proof of the voter.
He said ECI would be issuing voter`s slip with a
photograph printed on it, discouraging the earlier practice of
political parties giving such a document.

Quraishi said that the experiment of giving voter`s slip
was tried in the Bihar elections and polls for the subsequent
five states.

He said that EPIC coverage has touched almost 95 per cent
mark in Goa and it would be 100 per cent in the next two
months.

"We will be holding camps in places where EPIC coverage
is not there. If despite all efforts, some voters refuse to
get the card than they will not be allowed to vote," he said.
Quraishi said only 15 per cent of the youths aged between
18-19 years were enrolling on the voters` list, which was
disappointing.

"Many a times they are unaware that they are eligible for
voting," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 10:27

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