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  • Service Voters

    Voters having service qualification are known as Service Voters i.e. they are –

    • member of the Armed Forces of the Union
    • member of a force to which provision of the Army Act 1950 have been made applicable
    • member of an Armed Police Force of a State, and serving outside that state; or
    • a person employed under the Government of India, serving outside India
  • Service Voter

    You can enroll as a Service Voter if You are

    1. in the Armed Forces of India
    2. from Assam Rifles, CRPF, BSF, ITBF; GREF in Border Road Organisation; Central Industrial Security Force
    3. employed under the Government of India, in a post outside India
    4. member of an Armed Police Force of a State, and serving outside that state

    How to enrol as Service Voter

    Getting Started

    • Find out the name of your Constituency and Part in the district/state of residence

    Fill Enrolment Form

    • Fill 2 copies of Form 2 for Armed forces ; Form 2A for Armed Police Force ; Form 3 for Govt officials serving abroad
    • Fill the Declaration Form & submit to the Record Office or nodal officer
    • A wife of a Service Voter will be enrolled as a service voter on the basis of declaration made by her husband in the form and no separate declaration is required to be made by the wife
    • Alternatively you can also opt to enrol as General Elector at place of posting, if it's a peace posting

    Points to remember

    • While wife can be enrolled as Service Voter, a son / daughter cannot be enrolled as Service Voter
    • No person can be enrolled on more than one electoral roll i.e. when you enrol as a service voter you have to submit a declaration - that you did not get enrolled as a general elector
    • Please remember that you have only one vote. Accordingly you should not vote for more than one candidate

    How to Vote

    • When elections are announced, Returning Officer of your constituency shall send you the postal ballot
    • Record your vote by placing clearly a mark opposite the name of the candidate of your choice on the ballot paper; Your vote will be invalid if the mark does not clearly indicate your choice
    • Do not put your signature, any word, sign or any other mark on the ballot paper other than the mark required to record your vote
    • After recording your vote, place the ballot paper in the smaller cover marked 'A' sent herewith; close the cover and secure it by seal
    • Sign the declaration in Form 13A also sent herewith in the presence an officer appointed by the Commanding Officer of the Unit, ship or establishment
    • The officer will attest your signature and return the declaration to you; you must not show your ballot paper to the attesting officer nor tell him how you have voted
    • Place the Declaration and also the smaller cover marked 'A' containing the ballot paper in the larger cover marked 'B'
    • After closing the larger cover, send it to the returning officer by post or by messenger. Give your full signature in the space provided on the cover marked `B'
    • No postage stamp need be affixed by you. You must ensure that the cover reaches the Returning Officer before the specified date

    Alternatively be a Classified Service voter CSV

    • You can opt for voting through PROXY
    • Fill Form 13F before the CO and send it to your proxy for his / her signature before a Notary / First Class Magistrate
    • Proxy can submit the Form to the Returning Officer(RO) concerned
    • If you are at native place, both you and your proxy can sign Form 13 F before a Notary / First Class Magistrate and send to the RO
    • Application for appointment of a proxy should be received by the RO before the last date of filing of nomination papers
    • Proxy should be ANY ordinary resident of that constituency; need not be a registered voter but must not be disqualified to be registered as a voter
    • Once appointed, the proxy will continue until his/her appointment is revoked by the service voter
    • Proxy can be changed/ revoked to revert back to postal ballot by filling Form 13G and submitting to RO
    • Proxy appointed by you shall vote physically at the Polling Station of your Constituency

    Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System

    To reduce the transit time for sending a postal ballot, ECI has now introduced ETPB whereby the postal ballot is sent electronically to the Service Voter. When there is an election announced, the Returning Officer of the concerned constituency sends the ballot electronically to the Service Voter with the voters’ details already filled in. A One Time Password (OTP) is also provided to enable the voter to download the ETPB. Along with ETPB, the Service Voter gets the declarations form (Form 13A), Form 13B and Form 13C. The ETPB has to be filled up in the same manner as the conventional postal ballot and sent by post back to the Returning Officer.

About Us

Logo ELCSystematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) is a programme of multi interventions through different modes and media designed to educate citizens, electors and voters about the electoral process in order to increase their awareness and participation in the electoral processes. SVEEP is designed according to the socio-economic, cultural and demographic profile of the state as well as the history of electoral participation in previous rounds of elections and learning thereof.   

Election Commission of India

ECIThe Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. The body administers elections to the Lok SabhaRajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country. The Election Commission operates under the authority of Constitution per Article 324, and subsequently enacted Representation of the People Act

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