Frequantly Asked Questions
- Q 21 I do not have a ration card. Can I get enrolled
without a ration card? What are the other documents, which I can
show as proof of my residence?
Answer: Ration Card is not necessary,
however, you can show any other proof of residence like Passport,
Bank Pass Book, Driving license etc. or any Govt. document to
facilitate the work of registration.
- Q 22 I am a tenant and my landlord does not want me to get
enrolled. How can I get enrolled as a voter?
Answer: To get enrolled in the voter list
is your statutory right. Please check the Electoral roll of your
area at ERO/AERO office. If your name is not included please fill
up Form 6 and submit it to the ERO.
- Q 23 I have attained / will be attaining the age of 18.
What proof do I need to show to get enrolled?
Answer: You can submit the proof of Date
of Birth from the authorized agency (Passport, Matric certificate,
Date of Birth certificate etc.)
- Q 24 How do I ensure that my name is finally included in
the electoral rolls?
Answer: You can check your name in the
draft roll, which will be published and available at the office of
the ERO concerned to confirm that your name exists in the roll.
- Q 25 I have lost my Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC).
How can I get a new EPIC?
Answer: You may submit an application in
white paper along with a fee of Rs. 25/-, to the Electoral
Registration Officer in charge of you area, with copy/details of
the lost EPIC.
- Q 26 Who is responsible for the preparation of electoral
rolls for a Parliamentary or Assembly Constituency?
Answer: The Electoral Registration officer
(ERO) is responsible for the preparation of electoral rolls for an
Assembly Constituency which itself is the roll for the
Parliamentary Constituency in so far as that Assembly Segment is
- Q 27 Who appoints the Electoral Registration officer?
Answer: Under section 13B of the
Representation of the People Act, 1950, the Election
Commission of India, in consultation with the State/UT Government,
appoints an Officer of the Government or the Local Authorities as
the Electoral Registration Officer. In addition, the Election
Commission of India also appoints one or more Assistant Electoral
Registration Officers to assist the Electoral Registration Officer
in the performance of his functions in the matter of
preparation/revision of electoral rolls.
- Q 28 Who is responsible for the conduct of elections in any
Parliamentary or Assembly constituency?
Answer: The Returning Officer (RO) of a
parliamentary or assembly constituency is responsible for the
conduct of elections in the parliamentary or assembly constituency
concerned as per section 21 of the Representation of the People Act
- Q 29 Who appoints the Returning Officer?
Answer: The Election Commission of India
nominates or designates an officer of the Government or a local
authority as the Returning Officer for each of the assembly and
parliamentary constituencies in consultation with the State
Government/Union Territory Administration. In addition, the
Election Commission of India also appoints one or more Assistant
Returning Officers for each of the assembly and parliamentary
constituencies to assist the Returning Officer in the performance
of his functions in connection with the conduct of elections.
- Q 30 Who is eligible to be registered as a voter?
- Ans. Every Indian citizen who has
attained the age of 18 years on the qualifying date i.e. first of
January of the year of revision of electoral roll, unless otherwise
disqualified, is eligible to be registered as a voter in the roll
of the part/polling area of the constituency where he is ordinarily
- Q 31 Can a non-resident Indian citizen become a voter?
- Ans. Yes, according to the provisions
of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010, a person
who is a citizen of India and who has not acquired the citizenship
of any other country and is otherwise eligible to be registered as
a voter and who is absenting from his place of ordinary residence
in India owing to his employment, education or otherwise is
eligible to be registered as a voter in the constituency in which
his place of residence in India as mentioned in his passport is
- Q 32 Can one be enrolled at more than one place?
- Ans. No. A person cannot be enrolled as
a voter in more than one place in view of the provisions contained
under Section 17 and 18 of R.P. Act, 1950. Likewise, no person can
be enrolled as an elector more than once in any electoral roll.
- Q 33 How can an overseas Indian get registered/enrolled in
the Electoral Roll?
- Ans. He/she has to file the application
for the purpose in prescribed Form 6A before the Electoral
Registration Officer (ERO) of the constituency within which the
place of ordinary residence of the applicant in India as given in
his/her valid passport falls. The application can be presented in
person before the ERO or sent by post addressed to the ERO
concerned. If the application is sent by post it must be
accompanied by a self attested copy of the passport and all
relevant documents mentioned in Form.
- Q 34 From where, Form 6A can be obtained?
- Ans. It can be downloaded from the
website of Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala. Form 6A is also
available free of cost in Indian Missions in foreign countries and
in the offices of EROs in India.
- Q 35 From where the postal address of the ERO concerned can
- Ans. Postal addresses of all EROs are
available on the website of Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala. They
can also be obtained from Indian Missions in Foreign countries.
- Q 36 What documents are required to be enclosed with Form
- Ans. One recent passport size coloured
photograph, Photocopy of relevant pages of the passport of the
applicant containing his/her photograph and all other particulars
and self attested photocopy of the pages of passport containing the
- Q 37 What other formalities are required to be fulfilled at
the time of filing claim application?
- Ans. If, the application is sent by
post, the photo-copy of the documents referred to in the answer to
question 36 above should be enclosed. If the application is
submitted in person before the ERO, the original passport should be
produced for verification.
- Q 38 Where can the list of claims and objections be seen?
- Ans. It can be seen on the website of
the Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala. It also can be seen on the
notice board of the ERO.
- Q 39 Is personal appearance of applicant or hearing parties
necessary? If yes, how will the hearing be conducted?
- Ans. Normally personal appearance or
hearing is not necessary. If all necessary documents are enclosed
with the application, the ERO can include the name in the Electoral
Roll after the statutory notice period of seven days is over.
in form 6A can be sent by post. However if an applicant wishes to
submit his application in person to the ERO, he can do so along
with the original passport, which shall be returned to him after
due verification and attestation of the documents by the ERO. (In
case there is an objection to the claim of inclusion of name, the
ERO may designate an officer fom the Mission concerned to hear the
parties who will send a report to the ERO for final disposal.)
- Q 40 Who is competent to verify claim applications and
- Ans. The ERO is the competent authority
to verify claim applications and the accompanying documents and
also consider objections, if any.
- Q 41 How will an overseas Indian know that his/her name is
included in the electoral roll?
- Ans. The decision of the ERO will be
communicated to the applicant by post on his address in the foreign
country given by him in form 6A and also by SMS on the mobile
number given by him in form 6A. Electoral Rolls are also available
on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala, in PDF
format and can be seen by anybody.
- Q 42 Where are names of overseas electors included in the
- Ans. Names of overseas electors are
included in the relevant part of the electoral roll of the
constituency where his place of residence in India as mentioned in
his passport is located. Within that the relevant part a separate
section for "Overseas Electors" is created in the roll and names of
overseas electors are kept in this section.
- Q 43 How can corrections be made if there are some mistakes
in the entries in the electoral roll pertaining to overseas
- Ans. For correction of mistakes in
Electoral Rolls, an application in Form-8 is to be submitted to the
- Q 44 Can anybody object to the inclusion of names in
- Ans. Any person who is a voter in the
concerned constituency may object to the inclusion of names in
electoral roll on the ground that the person whose names is
included or is proposed to be included is not eligible to be
registered as a voter in that constituency. An objection can be
made in Form 7 to the concerned ERO along with the relevant proof.
- Q 45 Whether ERO is to be informed when the overseas
elector returns to India and becomes ordinarily resident in India?
- Ans. Yes. In such a case the person can
then be registered as a general elector at the place where he is
ordinarily resident in India.
- Q 46 How can an overseas elector whose name is enrolled in
the electoral roll exercise his/her franchise?
- Ans. After enrolment, an overseas
elector will be able to cast his vote in an election in the
Constituency, in person, at the polling station provided for the
part where he is registered as an overseas elector, subject to the
production of his original passport.
- Q 47 I have shifted my residence recently to Kerala from
another State where I was registered as a voter. I have an EPIC
card issued from the previous place of residence. How can I get a
new EPIC card at the present address and what am I to do with the
- Ans. Please get enrolled in the
electoral roll in the new place by submitting application in Form6
with proof of present residence, along with old EPIC, to the ERO of
the Assembly constituency where you now reside.