How to vote: Election Commission explains

As the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election is on, it is important to know the dos and don'ts as you exercise your franchise, especially if you are a first-time voter

How to vote
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New Delhi: The fourth phase of the Indian general election, 2019, is on as brisk voting is reported from various constituencies. At this juncture, it is important to know how to vote, especially if you are a first-time voter. The Election Commission has made it easy for you. Follow the steps below.

You can vote only if your name appears in the Voter List (also known as Electoral Roll). Voters can also find information on Polling Booths, Contesting candidates, Election Dates & Timings, Identity cards and EVM.

How to vote

First polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof

Second polling official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A)

You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth

Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep sound

Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box

You can press NOTA, None of the Above, if you don’t like any candidate; it’s the last button on the EVM

For more information, please check the Voter Guide

Mobile phones, cameras or any other gadget is not allowed inside a polling booth.

Parts of India voting today

Voting is taking place for 17 seats in Maharashtra, 13 each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, six each in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, five in Bihar, and three in Jharkhand in this phase.

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Begusarai: Giriraj Singh vs Tanveer Ahmed vs Kanhaiya Kumar

Kendrapara: Baijayant Panda vs Anubhav Mohanty

Kannauj: Dimple Yadav vs Subrat Pathak

Farrukhabad: Salman Khurshid vs Mukesh Rajput vs Manoj Agarwal

Asansol: Babul Supriyo vs Moon Moon Sen

Ujiarpur: Upendra Kushwaha vs Nityanand Rai

Jodhpur: Vaibhav Gehlot (Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son) vs Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Unnao: Sakshi Maharaj vs Annu Tandon vs Pooja Pal

Mumbai South: Milind Deora vs Arvind Sawant

Chhindwara: Nakul Nath (Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son) vs Nathan Shah Kavreti

For all reports related to the Lok Sabha election 2019, please visit this page.