The service voters are those who hold a service qualification. The service voters come under certain criteria. The people who come under the service criteria are:
Those serving in the Armed Forces of the Union.
Those serving in a Force to which the Army Act 1950 applies (Assam Rifles, CRPF, BSF, ITBF, GREF in Border Road Organization, Central Industrial Security Force etc).
Those employed under the Government of India, in a post outside India.
Member of an Armed Police Force of a State and serving outside the State.
How to Enrol
Enroll As a Service Voter
- Find out the name of the constituency and the part in the district/state of the residence.
- Fill in 2 copies of Form 2 for the Armed Forces, Form 2A for the Armed Police Force, Form 3 for the Government Officials serving abroad.
- Fill in the declaration form and submit to the Record Office or the Nodal Officer.
Enroll As a General Elector
- You can enroll as a General Elector, at a place of posting if it is a peace station.
- Make sure that your name is deleted from the service voter list if you are applying for a General Voter.
How To Fill In Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot (ETPB)
When there is an election at your native constituency, you will receive your ballot electrically with all your details filled in already.
A One Time Password is provided to download ETPB online.
Along with the ETPB, you will receive the following documents:
- Declaration Form 13A
- Cover A Form 13B (Cut this form along the line and place it in a small envelope 4’*9′)
- Cover B Form 13 C (Cut this form along the line and place it in a large envelope 4.75*11′)
- If you are a non-resident and are serving under the Indian Government then the Embassy would send back the Envelope B either through the air mail or after affixing the necessary postage stamp or through the Diplomatic Stamp.
- Make a full signature on the envelope B. Now send it to the RO through the post.There is no need of any postage stamp if you are residing in India.
- The post should reach the R.O Office before the counting begins.
- Now place the Declaration Form 13A and a small envelope with ETPB marked as the Cover A, inside the large envelope marked as Cover B and seal it properly.
- The officer will attest the signature on the declaration and return it back to you. Do not show nor tell the ballot officer to whom you have voted for.
- Record the vote by marking it as an X or opposite to the name of the candidate of your choice on the ETPB. Your vote will be regarded as invalid if the mark does not indicate properly.
- Do not put any mark or signature or any other sign other than the mark required to record your vote.
- Sign in the Declaration provided in the Form 13A in the presence of the appointed officer.
- After you have done with the voting, fold the ETPB and place it in a small size envelope or cover marked “A”.
- Close the cover and cover it with a seal.
Classified Service Voter
Once you are registered as a service voter (if you are serving in the armed forces to which the Army Act applies) then you can vote through a proxy as a Classified Service Voter, that means you can nominate any one to vote on behalf of you.
- Fill in form 13F and get it signed by the Co and send it your proxy for his/her signature before Notary/ First Class Magistrate.
- The proxy can submit the form to the concerned Returning Officer.
- The Application for the appointment of the Proxy should be received by the R.O before the last date of filing of nomination papers by the political candidates (approx of 16 days before the poll day).
- The proxy can be any ordinary adult, a resident of the constituency may not be registered as an elector but must not be disqualified as an elector.
- Once appointed, the proxy will be continued until and unless his/her appointment has not been revoked by you.
- The proxy can be changed or reverted back by filling the Form 13G and submitting it to RO.
- The Proxy appointed by you shall vote physically in your native constituency in the Polling Station.
- No person can be enrolled more than one electoral roll i.e when you are enrolling yourself as a service voter you must submit a declaration form that you did not get enrolled as a service voter.
- You should not vote more than one candidate.
Note: While wife can enrol herself as a service voter, the daughter/son cannot be enrolled as a service voter.