Voter ID Goes Digital As Election Commission Launches e-EPIC

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New Delhi: The voter ID went digital on Monday with the Election Commission of India (ECI) launching the e-EPIC (Electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card).

Launched by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on the occasion of National Voters’ Day, the electronic voter ID card is a secure, portable PDF version of the voter ID which can be downloaded on mobile phone, uploaded as PDF on DigiLocker, or printed and laminated.

Voters who have a valid EPIC number are eligible to download the e-EPIC.

This will help dealing with issues like voters losing their cards and facing difficulty in casting their ballot.

Enrolled voters can go to the websites www.voterportal.eci.gov.in and www.nvsp.in, or access the voter helpline on Election Commission’s mobile app to download the e-EPIC.

“I have been told that as a result of these efforts, up to January 1, 2021, around 27 lakh new voters have been added to the voters’ list. Now, the total number of voters in our country is more than 92 crore, of which women comprise over 44 crore voters,” President Ram Nath Kovind said.

Law Minister Prasad informed that the ECI’s in-house team had developed it.

“It gives me immense satisfaction as law minister and great happiness as IT minister to launch the digital identity cards. I will give directions to the IT department to see how the Commission’s endeavours can further be strengthened digitally,” he said.

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