In a bid to encourage people to exercise their right to vote, the Election Commission (EC) in Tamil Nadu has introduced home delivery of colour voter identity cards in the state.
Launched in collaboration with the State Bank of India, the service delivers voter identity cards to people’s doorstep, provided it is applied for online through the commission’s website or through their mobile phone application.
While the system lists a pick up point, it also provides the option of home delivery for Rs 40, with an additional Rs 2 for incidental expenses. The identity card, otherwise, costs Rs 25.
“We are hoping that a substantial number of new and first time voters will join the electoral process this time,” Tamil Nadu’s chief electoral officer, Rajesh Lakhoni said. A MoU with SBI chief general manager B Ramesh Babu was signed on Tuesday, putting the system in place.
To boost the initiative, the commission has already conducted awareness drives to enrol new voters and opened centres across the city to distribute colour photo identity cards.
New voters with identity cards will be added to electoral rolls till April 15.
As far as digitising the process goes, the EC is also allowing e-filing of affidavits by candidates contesting the elections.
As many as 234 constituencies will go to polls in Tamil Nadu on May 16 in a single phase of voting.