EC suggests alternate identification documents
The Election Commission on April 2 suggested a set of alternate identification documents for voters, who did not receive photo identity cards, to vote at the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assesmbly polls.
In a letter to Chief Electoral Officers of all states and union territories, the EC said passports, driving licences, permanent account number (PAN) cards, service identity cards issued to its employees by state/central Governments, public sector understandings, local bodies or other private industrial houses should be accepted for the purpose of voting.
Bank/kisan/post office passbooks (accounts opened on or before March 31, 2004), student identity cards issued by recognised educational institutions on or before March 31, 2004, property documents such as pattas, registered deeds, ration cards issued on or before March 31, 2004, SC/ST/OBC certificates issued by competent authority on or before March 31, 2004 are also bonafide identity cards.
Other documents on which a voter could exercise his franchise are : pension documents such as ex-servicemen's pension book/pension payment order, ex-servicemen's widow/ dependent certificates, old age pension order/widow pension order, railway identification cards, freedom fighter identity cards, arms licences and certificates of physical handicap by competent authority issued on or before March 31, 2004.