What is the process of Voting as a Service Voter?

Last updated on Jun 15, 2022

Once you have received your ballot papers, follow the steps mentioned below to cast your vote as a service voter(( Service Electors FAQ, Election Commission of India, available at https://eci.gov.in/faqs/voter-electors/service-voter/faqs-service-electors-r13/)):

Step 1

  • Put a tick mark (✓) or cross mark (x) next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for.
  • You must not write or mark anything on the ballot paper that would reveal your identity.

Step 2

  • Fill Form 13A declaring that you have cast your postal ballot. Attest it by a notary/stipendiary magistrate or the commanding officer of your unit, ship or establishment (depending upon which wing of the armed forces you are from).
  • If you are a government official serving abroad, you must get it attested by the diplomatic or consular representative of India at the country where you are posted.

Step 3

  • Note down the serial number of your ballot paper on the Form 13B cover and Place your marked ballot paper inside it and seal it according to the instructions.

Step 4

  • Put your duly filled and sealed Form 13A and Form 13B in the envelope provided (Form 13C). The envelope will already be addressed to your Returning Officer.
  • You do not need to affix any postal stamp on your envelope.
  • If you are a government official casting your postal ballot then you can send it either by airmail or as a diplomatic package.
  • Post it by the time and date timelines mentioned.

If you send it after the fixed time, your vote will not be counted.

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