You don’t have to stand in long queues or visit dusty government offices for a voter I-card; you can now get it with a few clicks of the mouse.
The Election Commission of India has started online registration of voters. What’s more you can even change your demographic details online.
All it takes is just ten minutes on internet to fill a form and a home visit by an election commission representative to verify the details submitted for registration.
Once this is done, you would receive your voter’s identity card at your home within a short-time.
It is the only system in India where one can get an identity card without visiting a government office. “In the normal course a citizen will not be required to visit a government office. Only if someone objects to a person’s claim for becoming a voter, he or she will have to visit the office of electoral officer,” said Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla.
Getting the latest and modern identity version --- unique identification or Aadhaar number --- requires at least one visit to an enrolling center. Unlike Aadhaar, the EC’s identity version does not require biometric details and the online facility provides for uploading one’s photograph and all relevant documents required for a voter’s identity card.
To make use of the commission’s exclusive voter enrollment portal ---eci-citizenservices.nic.in --- one has to register with his or her mobile number, which is also login name and password for tracking one’s application. “Once the application related to electoral roll is accepted one receives a call for home verification and thereafter the voter identity card is mailed to the applicant,” a senior commission official said.
The commission had tasted success with the online system with around 40 % of new voters in Kerala and about 30% in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka having applied through the online system.