Mumbai: Election Commission of India has started issuing new colour Voter ID cards to voters for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. As the voters have demanded a new voter ID card, close to 46 lakh voters in the state will get this new identity card and more than half of the voters have been given their identity cards at their residences. Special efforts are being made by the election authorities to avail the voter ID card to remaning voters before the poll.
An official from the election commission said, “Earlier, computer printed black cards were given. But now it is attractive and colourful polymorising vinyl chloride (PVC) card is given. The new identity card is given by the booth level officer (BLO) at the voter’s residence or the identity card is given in the respective office.”
He further said, till this year, new cards of the 46 lakh voters have been made and given it for distribution among the voters. A total of 98 per cent voters of the total applicants, who had made applications for the new identity card, have been issued the new identity cards.
In order to cast the vote, if the voter does not have an election ID card of the election commission of India, but his/her name is in the voter list, in such situation, the commission has allowed to acknowledge of valid 11 kinds of identity cards in order to the citizens to exercise the voting rights.
It includes passport , driving license, photo identity card (state / central government, public enterprises, public limited identity card), bank passbook with photo, PAN card, Smart Card issued under National Population Register (NPR) by Revenue Generation Index (RGI), MNREGA card, the Health smart card issued by labour ministry, pension documents with photograph, cards issued by MP / MLA and Aadhar card will also be valid.