EPIC Card Doesn’t Guarantee Right To Vote: Odisha CEO

Bhubaneswar: With the panchayat elections in the state slated for early next year, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, Sushil Kumar Lohani, on Wednesday informed that the Electors Photo Identification Card (EPIC) does not guarantee the right to vote but the name of the cardholders should be present in the electoral roll.

He urged all the voters to verify their names in the electoral roll by contacting the Booth Level Officers (BLOs). It can also be verified on the special campaign day to be held on November 21 when the BLOs will be present at the respective booths with the electoral roll.

Voters can also verify their names online by visiting the website ceoorissa.nic.in and downloading the electoral roll.

Lohani informed that the persons who are completing 18 years by January 1, 2022, are eligible to enlist their names in the electoral roll. They can also submit their application during this revision campaign.

Voters can also submit applications in respective forms for any correction in their names or other details during this period. Form-6 is for inclusion of name, Form-7 for objecting inclusion of name, Form-8 for correction to particulars, Form-8A for transposition of entry from one part of the electoral roll to another part of the electoral roll of a constituency.

One can apply through the EPIC- 001 Form for a Duplicate Electoral Photo Identity card in case the original card is lost/destroyed/mutilated. All the above applications can be submitted both online and offline. One can also visit the Voter Help Centers at the Electoral Registration Office to submit their applications. People need to submit their date of birth and residence proof along with a photograph for the purpose.

The CEO further stated that one can apply online by downloading the Voter Helpline app on his or her smartphone or by visiting the website nvsp.in. He urged the people to give their full and correct address and mobile number while applying as the EPIC cards will now be sent by Speed Post only.