What should voters carry along with them? How to verify your vote at the polling booth? TOI gives you a lowdown of the entire process
Karnataka Election 2023 Live Updates
The polling process on Wednesday will begin at 7am and it will go on till 6pm.
Actor Prakash Raj arrives at a polling booth in St Joseph’s School in Shanti Nagar, Bengaluru to cast his vote
How to find your name on voter list & get your voter slip?
* Check your name in the electoral list published on www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in OR download ‘Chunavana’ mobile app on your smartphone and search for your name by typing Voter ID number
* Don’t be disappointed if you have not received the voter slip. You can still vote, and you can collect the slip from the counters set up by political parties near the polling stations
Who are your candidates?
* If you are still unsure about who the candidates in your segment are, you can click on ‘contesting candidate’ on the Chunavana app for details. You will get to see the photos, names and parties of the candidates
How to find your booth & cast your vote?
Karnataka Election: Polling Begins, Dk Shivakumar’s family members arrive at polling stations to cast vote
* To know your polling booth, open Chunavana app and click on ‘know your booth’. Type your Voter ID number & it will show you the location of your polling booth on the map with the shortest possible routes
Worried about standing in queue at booth?
* Check the length of the queue on the app — details will be updated every 15 minutes
What if you don’t have EPIC?
If you have lost your voter ID or Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC), you can use any of these: passport; driving licence; PAN card; Aadhaar; election slip issued by ECI; office ID cards issued to employees by central & state government undertakings; passbook with photographs attested by banks or post office; MGNREGA job card & pension document with photograph
What to do at booth…
* Stand in the queue by carrying your EPIC, voter slip or other IDs
* Follow Covid-19 protocol
* Use of electronic gadgets, including mobile, and cameras barred inside polling booths
* Strict no-no: Selfies during voting or taking photos of others casting their vote
* On entering booth, polling officials will check your voter slip, crosscheck the ID, ink your finger with indelible ink, obtain your signature in a log book and give you a slip to vote
* Polling officer will verify the slip and direct you to the secret chamber & you are ready to cast your vote
* Once polling officer directs you to cast your vote, press the button next to the candidate of your choice on the EVM and wait till the beep sound
* After the beep sound, a slip to authenticate your vote gets printed in the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine placed next to EVMs. The slips are visible inside a glass case for a few seconds before being dropped into a sealed box
Facilities for special & general voters…
* If you’re specially-abled or belong to the age group of 80 years and above, you would have registered for pickup & drop facility on the same app. Click on ‘pickup’ service for cabs
* If you have health issues and require emergency medical help, you can click on ‘health facilities’ icon and it will guide you to nearby health centres with numbers of medical personnel
* If you encounter any glitch or have any queries about the polling process, click on the ‘list of officers’ icon. The list contains the mobile numbers of all officials pertaining to your polling booth
* Private vehicles aren’t allowed within 100m of polling booths: To look for available parking space, click on the ‘parking location’ icon and it will guide you to the parking area. All polling booths will have parking slots
*May 10 is already declared a ‘Paid Holiday’ through a government notification. Barring essential service sectors, all government and private establishments will remain closed to allow their employees to vote