Saturday, October 9, 2010

ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA’S VOTERS ID CARD DUPLICATE APPLICATION PROCESS

I lost my voter id card issued by the election commission of india. I lost it along with the driving license in 2007. I took Duplicate Driving Licence from the same RTO in 2008.Now I have been postponing the efforts to take duplication voters id card due to various reasons. One election came in between and election people were giving duplicates but I didn’t went.

Now local body election happens in Kerala. So I got an information that the election department at the Tehsil (Taluk) office is starting to issue duplicate voter id cards from 08.10.2010.So I drove to mavelikkara  yesterterday  in my Astar and it was raining heavily. I reached there and find a long queue of people.Since I have completed the form before hand, I just need to find my card id number and put the data and place in it.A person employed there took my application form and he checked the number of my family member in the kiosk in the same room. The kiosk terminal didn’t showed my number. So he forwarded my application form to the person on desk receiving the application. So I step aside from the queue and came to the desk and he searched for my house name in his computer and didn’t get any results.I suggested him to search “Vysakh” instead of “Vaisakh” and then he got me. I have a faint memory of the error in the old voters id card.

Then I was asked to wait on the verandah of the room for about 45 minutes and my turn came and I went in to the “studio” room where  a guy with digital camera will take your photo.In between taking photos, he prints the voter id on low quality paper and does elamination {coating a thin film of plastic for protection of the document} on it.My photo was not taken however since my series number was different from others and said they already have my old photo in their database. They gave  a slip (low quality paper) on which is written it is written “29.10.2010” and “fees”. So I need to go back again for the card. I could have shared the application format here but I thought about writing this post after coming back only so I don’t have the application forms with me.


Here is what you need to applu for a duplicate card during election time (Special window for applying)
  1. An Application Form in English where you write your name, father’s name and address.Format can be bought for Rs 2 at Photostat shop / pan shop/ tea shop near the taluk (Tehsil) office.
  2. An application form in Malayalam where you write name, father’s/ spouse’s name, age, address,old id card number etc.
  3. A copy of a voters card of your family member.This is for them to search and locate you in their computer database.
  4. Person to be present physically in the office so that they can take your photo.You cannot  send an ADC for this purpose.
  5. It is not a must for you to lodge FIR in police station when applying during election time.
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