India votes in the first phase of general elections on Thursday. At least 91 out of 543 Lok Sabha constituencies are in the fray in this round. In Odisha Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be held simultaneously in four phases of the nation-wide seven phase polls. In the first phase, voting will be held in four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly seats in Odisha. The next phase poll will be held on April 18, 23 and 29.
But what happens if someone else has cast the vote in your name?
- If the First Polling Officer tells you on arrival inside the polling station that your vote has already been cast, bring this to the attention of the Presiding Officer immediately.
- The law allows you to cast a Tendered Vote.
- A Tendered Ballot Paper, as per Rule 49P of the Conduct of Elections Rules, will be given to you and you will be required to sign your name on the list of tendered votes.
- A tendered ballot paper is the same as the ballot paper displayed on the balloting unit, except that it shall be endorsed on the back, with the words, “Tendered Ballot Paper” either stamped by the Returning or written by the Presiding Officer at the time of issuing it.
- After marking your choice of candidate with the help of Arrow Cross Mark rubber stamp you should hand over the tendered ballot paper to the Presiding Officer, who will keep it in a separate cover.
- Please note that in such case, you will not cast your vote on the EVM.