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Voter Basics & election offices

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You are not automatically enrolled as a voter. Search your family details online at www.electionmumbaicity.org OR www.ceo.maharashtra.gov.in. Most important is the EP (booth) number from these sites. Old voting slip of a family member or neighbour may also have that detail.

To enroll as a new voter, please fill form 6, at the Election Commission (ECI) center in your area, with *ATTESTED* photocopy of:

  • Residence proof (ration card or electric bill or bank pass book or passport are allowed)

  • Age proof (Birth certificate or school leaving certificate)

  • Photo proof (eg PAN card)

  • Please attach your passport size photograph

  • Please collect the acknowledgement receipt

To download forms: For inclusion of name in election rolls (Form 6)

http://www.diehardindian.com/ngo/download/form6.pdf

http://www.diehardindian.com/ngo/download/form6.tif

For online voter enrolment or for voter ID, please go to:
http://eci-citizenservices.nic.in/frmPublicInformation.aspx?Flag=OnlineApp 

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.
http://www.diehardindian.com/ngo/download/form7.pdf

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:

ē        Attach photographs to Form 8
ē        Carry old voters ID or slip, for a faster search of your name in the voting list.

For correction of name in the Electoral Rolls (Form 8)
http://www.diehardindian.com/ngo/download/form8.pdf

http://www.diehardindian.com/ngo/download/form8.tif

For change of address within the same area i.e. for transposition of entry in electoral roll (Form 8A)
http://www.diehardindian.com/ngo/download/form8A.pdf

Or register through the following mobile phone apps:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Eregister

https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/voter-registration/id717038893?mt=8

You have to search for the following in following platforms:

- Voter Registration (iphone)
- Eregister (Android Phone)
- Voter registration India ( BB phone)

5 easy steps:
1. Download the app
2. Fill out the info in the form
3. Check your email
4. Print out the filled out form
5. Submit the form to the given address

List of Election offices of Mumbai

MLA area Address Contact
Colaba 187 Elphinstone college, Opp Metro 22618367
Mumbadevi 186 'B' ward office, Opp JJ Hospital (or)
BMC school, Guilder lane, Opp Mumbai Central stn
22829872/ 23012124
Malabar Hill 185 Taraporewala Acquarium (or)
DD building, old Custom House
22022766/ 22643579
Byculla 184 'E' ward office (or) PWD hall, JJ hospital compound 23000699/ 23790507
Sewri 183 BMC school, NM Joshi Rd 23050647
Worli 182 Kamgar Kalyan Kendra, Dr GM Bhosle Rd (or)
BMC school at Sitaram Mills compound, Near BDD
23012138/ 23087169
Mahim 181 WR quarters, Near Matunga WR stn (or)
BMC school (City of Los Angeles,
Manmala tank)
24366493
Wadala 180 Sahkar Nagar BMC school 24145397
Sion Koliwada 179 Jain Society school or school behind Cinemax 24034158
Dharavi (SC) 178 Rajashri Shahu Nagar BMC school 24368435/ 24079901

List of Election offices of central suburbs of Mumbai

MLA area Address Contact
Kurla 174 Industrial Training Institute, Opp Tata Nagar, VN Purav Marg, Chunabhatti 24053990
Mankhurd 171 MMRDA scheme quarters, Natwar parekh compound, Govandi (W) 25565681
Ghatkopar East 170 Central Government Staff quarters, LBS Rd
25131900
Ghatkopar West 169 Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Samaj Kendra, Barve Nagar, Bhatwadi 25091101
Chandivali 168 Maharashtra State Transport Workshop, Vidyavihar station Rd 25020022
Chembur 173 Chembur Welfare Center, PY Thorat Rd 25285997
Anushakti Nagar 172 Children Aid Society, Opp Mankhurd stn 25581840
Bhandup 157 MSEB, Near Asian Paints 25663132
Vikroli 156 BMC market building, Phirozeshah Godrej Rd 25749897
Mulund 155 BMC market building, Opp ITI 25638009

List of Election offices of western suburbs of Mumbai

MLA area Address Contact
Bandra West 177 RV Technical high school, Khar West 26052623
Bandra East 176 Shaskiya Tantra Niketan, Ali Yavar Jung Rd 26472470
Kalina 175 BMC market building, Aaram society lane, Vakola 26670503
Vile Parle 167 Samaj Kalyan Kendra, New Airport Colony 28384442
Andheri East 166 Ismail Yusuf College compound, Jogeshwari W 28394918
Andheri West 165 Sarvajanik Bandhkam Vibhag, Bhavan's College lane 26208358
Versova 164 Sarvajanik Bandhkam Vibhag, Bhavan's College lane 26704856
Goregaon 163 'P' South BMC ward office, MG Rd 26863656
Malad West 162 Asst Commissioner Estate, Opp Reliance Energy, Kandivali E 28084794
Charkop 161 Asst Commissioner Estate, Opp Reliance Energy, Kandivali E 28018203
Kandivali 160 State ESIS Hospital, Akurli Rd 28878040
Dindoshi 159 Mumbai Vet College, Near Mahanand Dairy 26862507
Jogeshwari 158 Ismail Yusuf College compound 28363735
Magothane 154 BMC market building, Shiv Vallabh Rd, Dahisar E 28970355
Dahisar 153 BMC market building hall, Iraniwadi 28937977
Borivali 152 Amar Prem Building, Near Gokhale College, Shimpoli Rd 28986195

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 (dyelectionmsd@gmail.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.

http://www.electionmumbaicity.org

OR

www.ceo.maharashtra.gov.in

Sometimes the above sites may be down OR there may be discrepancy in data between the 2 government sites.

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.

election card

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:
- An attested copy of the degree OR diploma
- Attested Photo Identity proof (Passport OR Voter card OR PAN card OR Driving License)
- Attested Proof of Address (any utility bill like telephone OR Voter ID OR Passport)

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.

http://www.diehardindian.com/ngo/download/form18.pdf

Reservations

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

  • Campaign period starts from 9 am till 10 pm only (with a 3 hour break in the afternoon). Campaigning from a day and half before voting day is not allowed. Plus on voting day, no tables can be set up within 100 meters from the polling station.
  • Permissions are required from the police/ traffic police and local government for the campaigning.
  • If banners are to be put up in private buildings, then society or landlord permission is required.
  • There is a limit for spending per candidate (depending on type of election).
  • Its illegal to distribute money or make promises, once election is declared.
  • Its illegal to ask for votes on basis of religion or caste.
  • Candidate must use maximum vehicles, only as specified by the ECI
  • Candidate can not open more campaign offices, than specified by ECI.
  • Candidate can criticize opponents track record (not private life)

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.

Sabha (public 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.

Office In-charge

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.

Treasurer

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.

Media In-charge

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.

Counting

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.

Other stuff

  • If a party gets 6% vote share in a general election, then it can be allocated a permanent symbol.
  • Once a candidate is elected through a political party, he/ she cannot join any other party mid-stream. They have to quit the party and then re-contest the election.
  • A party may decide to change alliances mid-stream. Also, if 2/3rd of a partyís elected representatives chose to split the party and change alliances, this also may work.
  • A candidate cannot be an MP and a MLA at the same time. But can be an MLA and a ward Councilor simultaneously.

 

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