Voter Basics & election offices
You are not automatically enrolled as a voter. Search your family details online at www.electionmumbaicity.org OR www.ceo.maharashtra.gov.in. If not listed, to enroll as a new voter, please fill form 6, at the Election Commission (ECI) center in your area, with *ATTESTED* photocopy of:
download forms: For
inclusion of name in election rolls (Form 6)
If a person has moved from his/ her residence, itís the duty of the
voter to inform the ECI. In case of a death, the voters relatives
should inform the ECI. For deletion of name from the electoral rolls, Form
7 is required.
If you already have a Voter's photo ID card and it requires no change, then nothing is to be done.
Existing Voters: if you need to add your photograph to voter's list or make corrections:
Attach photographs to Form 8
correction of name in the Electoral Rolls (Form 8)
For change of address within the same
area i.e. for
transposition of entry in electoral roll (Form 8A)
List of Election offices of Mumbai
List of Election offices of central suburbs of Mumbai
List of Election offices of western suburbs of Mumbai
For complaints regarding any of the above offices, please call Collector office at 22613264 or 22624740 or fax to 22663453 or for suburbs at 26550070 (email@example.com).
Duty of the voter
Main duty of the voter, is to find your name in the voter's list, before the voting day. This may be done at the local ECI office OR local political party office OR call helpline 9225320011 or send SMS to Voter MCGM (Full name) Age on 56677 or online. Select your Vidhan Sabha. For eg. please select 'Wadala', if you are a Matunga or Dadar CR resident.
Sometimes the above sites may be down OR there may be discrepancy in data between the 2 government sites.
You may send an SMS to 9869889966 or 7820078200 by typing EPICID SPACE YOUR ELECTION CARD ID NUMBER to know your polling booth.
On the voting day, the voter must carry the election Photo ID. If thatís not available, then the voting slip (as delivered by any political party) with any government photo ID will do.
If your name is not found in the voterís list (and you have filled up Form 6); please check a few buildings next to yours (before and after your building entry in the voterís list). Atleast 10% of the times, there are errors in the list, where your name may appear in some other section of your booth.
Each voter is identified by your MLA area (Vidhan sabha) and the EP (booth) number. Booth is the location where you go to vote and has approximately 1,000 voters each. Each vidhan sabha may have about 200-225 voting booths. Within that EP file is the voter's serial number.
So a MP candidate has to cover about 1,500 booths (and hence have 1,500 booth pramukhs and atleast 1,500 polling agents and their relievers, for effective coverage). One polling station (eg a government school) may physically contain 2-3 or more booths. Each booth has a unique number called EP number. So a voter can be uniquely identified as, South Mumbai Lok sabha constituency, Malabar Hill vidhan sabha, EP number x (booth number 1 to say 240), serial number y (voter number 1 to say 1,000).
(Graduate constituency only) For addition of name (Form 18)
For MLC elections (Graduate
constituency), you can enrol as a voter by filling form 18 and
providing attested documents:
Person must be a graduate for three years and a resident of Mumbai. There is no need to register again, if you are already registered once, as a graduate voter.
The original of all the documents are also required to be produced in person while submitting the Form 18 at office of Deputy Collector & Deputy Election Officer, Office of the Mumbai District Collector, Old Custom House, Mumbai 1.
Certain areas have a lot of SC or ST or NT population, hence ECI nominates those areas as reserved. For eg, Dharavi vidhan sabha is reserved for SC and Palghar Lok sabha seat is reserved for ST.
In municipal corporation elections (for Mumbai) 33% is reserved for women, 33% for OBC and about 2-3% for SC/ST. Rest is available for open category candidates. The reservation for OBC and women is chosen by a lottery system, every 2 electoral terms.
Election Code of conduct
ELECTION PROCESS (BASIC CONCEPTS ON HOW
POLITICAL PARTIES OPERATE)
A few days are given for the candidate to withdraw after the candidate fills up his/ her nomination form, after which the campaigning can officially start. Elections are fought almost entirely on manpower strength (and money power to a certain extent). Each candidate typically has a team which can be classified as:
Election In-charge or Campaign manager
As soon as the campaigning starts, the candidate is so tied up with meeting people that it is almost impossible for him to put on the thinking cap. This has to be done by the campaign manager who is the Coach of the team. He decides with the 'Path yatra In-charge' on the route and which party workers/ volunteers can be involved where. A variant of this is the door-to-door path yatra. The rath/ jeep used for the yatra needs to be decorated with election material.
meetings) In-charge handles
the organization of the sabha, like stage, chairs, back-drop,
invitation cards, etc! Street-corner
meeting In-charge arranges mini-sabhas at various street corners. For
sabhas, path yatras and corner meetings, permissions are required from
authorities like BMC/ Police/ traffic police. Details like location,
exact time, number of participants etc have to be provided. It can be a
full time job.
Can also double as a scheduler. He acts as a Messenger of important information to the entire team. He also co-ordinates Pamphlet and Voters slip printing and distribution; booth-wise sorting; Furniture of the office; vehicles (campaign and voting day) and Food for the team members. This person also handles other staff members like Typist and Peons.
Reporting to the Election Commission's Returning Officer is quite important the expense reports are submitted to the Returning office on regular basis, as per the schedule provided by Election Commission of India.
News releases and events calendar have to be sent out everyday in English/ Marathi/ Hindi/ Gujarati etc. by fax or email. Photographer/ Videographer can be appointed, who can send out a picture daily to the media offices. A Media file of newspaper clippings can be maintained to be on the lookout for any adverse stories.
VOTING DAY Booth In-charge
A booth is a place where the voter actually goes into vote. This volunteer is in-charge of getting voters down to vote. This is the most important function for the voting day.
Voters list files to be used on voting day tables are also to be prepared ahead of time. Tables are arranged at street corners (after requisite permissions) to enable voters to find their names on the voting list. Party symbols can not be used here. Food Packets are also arranged to be dropped inside the polling booth. Co-ordination of vehicles for voting day is important.
VOTING DAY Polling Agents In-charge
Inside the voting booth (polling booth), each candidate can have a polling agent (list to be submitted a few days before the election day). This polling agent must verify that the EVM (Electronic voting machine) is not tampered with before voting starts. Can also verify the authenticity of the voter, by asking him/her to produce ID, to avoid bogus voting.
The EVMís are stored under strict government supervision till the counting day. Chief counting Agent of each candidate leads a team of counting agents to witness EVMís being opened, after the seal is checked to be intact. For eg a vidhan sabha counting may have 12 counting agents, inside the counting room.
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