Voters in the state can now get their Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) at their doorstep via post.
The Election Commission has taken an initiative whereby it will send the EPIC directly to the voter’s house, thus dealing with the complaints from voters that they did not get their EPIC on time due to laxity of booth-level officers (BLOs).
BLOs, on the other hand, used to argue that the voters usually are not found at their residence at the time of the delivery, according to EC officials.
In order to avail the facility of delivery by post, a voter will have to attach an envelope affixed with stamps of denomination of Rs 27 along with the application form meant for new registration or correction of error in the existing EPIC. The Commission is also planning to send EPICs to the voter through courier service providers.
With the new facility, voters will also not have to visit Voter Registration Centres (VRCs) and district election office for registration or to collect their EPIC.
Deputy Election Commissioner and Chief Electoral Officer of UP, Umesh Sinha said the facility of providing EPIC to voter by post is going to begin in the state. “Voters often complain that they did not get their EPIC blaming BLOs for delay in delivery of voters’ cards. EC will be able to cross-verify address with this initiative,” Sinha said.
He also said EC was planning to send the EPICs to the voters through courier service too. To get that facility, the voters will have to pay the courier service bill. The EC was mulling over an idea to hire a common service provider to deliver EPICs across the country, added Sinha.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer of UP, Rama Kant Pandey that facility of sending EPIC to voters by post was introduced in Delhi before the just-concluded assembly elections and there are reports that the EC is planning to implement the scheme across the country.