Photo voter slip can be misused:EC

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New Delhi:The Election Commission on Thursday said a photo voter slip shall no longer be used as a standalone identification document during elections, and a voter will have to carry any of the twelve approved identity cards to the polling station.

ECI has listed 11 documents for identification including driving licence, service identity cards issued by government bodies, bank passbook with photo, PAN card, Smart card issued by RGI under NPR, MNREGA job card, health insurance smartcard, pension papers, official I-card issued to MPs/MLAs, and Aadhaar card.The election body’s direction comes just ahead of the Lok Sabha polls due later this year.

On Wednesday, The EC had said that candidates contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will have to mandatorily reveal their income tax returns of the last five years and details of offshore assets.As per available information, at present, over 99 per cent electors possess EPIC, and more than 99 per cents adults have been issued Aadhar Cards, the order said.Taking all these facts in view, the Commission has now decided that a photo voter slip shall henceforth not be accepted as a standalone identification document for voting,” the EC said.

However, such slips will continue to be prepared and issued to electors as part of the awareness building exercise, it said.The slip will also carry a disclaimer in bold letters that it won’t be accepted for the purpose of identification.

“In order to ensure that no voter is left behind, henceforth EC directs that anybody with the photo voter slip, shall bring any of the twelve approved identity cards to the polling station for his/her identification,” a senior official said.
Other approved documents are MNREGA job card; health insurance smart card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour; pension document with photograph and official identity cards issued to MPs, MLAs, MLCs, the statement said.

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