Are you a registered voter for the Telangana polls on Friday, but don’t have a voter ID card? Fret not. As long as you are a registered voter and your name is on the list, you can exercise your franchise with the following alternative documents –
- Driving License
- Service ID cards with photograph issued by Central/State governments, PSU/post office
- PAN card
- Smart card issued by RGI under NPR
- MNREGA job card
- Health insurance smart card issued by the Ministry of Labour
- Pension document with a photograph
- Authenticated photo voter slip issued by election machinery
- Aadhaar card
However, documents like ration card, electricity bill etc. will not be accepted.
If you haven’t received your polling slip, you can go to your polling station on Friday and vote if you are registered as a voter, as long as you can show a valid document as a proof of your identity.
How to find your polling booth
The Election Commission has launched an app called ‘Naa Vote’ in order to allow voters to find voter details, information regarding the constituency, the list of candidates, pick up services for persons with disability, volunteer data, what the best route is to reach your polling station, etc.
One can also send an SMS to 9223166166 with the message -- TS <SPACE> VOTE <SPACE> VOTERID NO
You can also send the SMS to 51969 with the message -- TS <SPACE> VOTE <SPACE> VOTERID NO
The polling will start at 7 am and will end at 5 pm in most locations. However, polling will be held from 7 am to 4 pm in Sirpur, Chennur, Bellampally, Mancherial, Asifabad, Manthani, Bhupalpalle, Mulugu, Pinapaka, Yellandu, Kothagudem, Aswaraopeta and Bhadrachalam. It will be a dry day till 5 pm on Friday.
There are 2,80,64,684 electors in Telangana. 1,41,56,388 voters are male, 1,39,05,407 voters are female and 2885 persons have been categorised as others. There are 32815 polling stations, of which 241 are auxiliary booths. 7,04, 372 voters have enrolled for the first time.
If voters would like to register a complaint, you can register one on the website of the Election Commission of India. Voters in Hyderabad can call 1800-599-2999 or 1800-11-1950 for further details.
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