How to Vote A Complete Guidebook
Step by Step Guide about Voting
How to Vote A Complete Guidebook Is it your first time to vote? Are you confuse? Don’t worry. Here is Complete Guide Book which will guide you regarding the voting system.
A Complete Guide: How to Vote
- Send your CNIC number to 8300. you can check whether you are registered or not
- If your vote is not registered, then please visit your District Election Commission Office.
- Visit the Polling Station, Don’t forget to bring your original CNIC.
- Polling Officer will check your CNIC, search your serial no. and CNIC no. on polling list. He will call your name loud from the list, take your thumb impression and cut your name from the list and mark your thumb with permanent ink.
- You will go to the next table where you will meet Assistant Presiding Officer.
- He will take your CNIC, fill your information on the page, take your thumbprint on the paper and will provide you with a Green Ballot Paper with the name of all candidates and their electoral signs.
- On the next table, after the same procedure, the other Assistant Presiding Officer will provide you with White Ballot paper, a stamp and ink pad.
- You will now go behind a screen in corner of the room and put the stamp on your favourite candidate. Fold your ballot paper carefully and come out of the screen.
- There will be two boxes in the middle of the room; a white and a green. Put your green ballot paper in the green box and white one in the white box.
- Congratulation! You have successfully cast your vote.
How can be help seek in casting vote?
- If you have any query, confusion regarding your vote or casting vote, the Assistant Providing Officer(s) will guide you.
- Any issue regarding your serial NO/CNIC NO, ask Polling Officer. who will further guide you?
- Any person or activity bothering you will be taken in the notice of Policeman or Army men standing there or directly to Presiding Officer. (Everyone’s designation would be visible).
Things That Will Make Your Vote Invalid:
But your slight negligence can result in your whole patience and spirit to go in vain. These are the slight negligence that you should avoid to make your vote count
Precautionary measures while casting the Vote
- Check for the stamp and sign when Assistant Presiding Officer hand over them to you.
- Wait for a few while for stamp to dry and then fold. Don’t folder too hard. Fold loosely.
- Don’t talk to anyone or show your ballot paper to anyone
But some votes would be counted if:
You Can Still Vote Even If:
- Your CNIC has expired before Election.
- You are a registered voter but your information is not funded in the electoral list.
- Someone else has cast vote in your place. (by using Tender Vote facility)
Complaints regarding casting vote:
- You can complain about any registered voter. who not have been registered to RO.
- During polling, if you find someone voting in place of other, you can challenge his vote before Presiding officer. (Challenge Vote Facility). But you must be 100% sure.
How to Transfer Your Vote:
To transfer your vote from one area to another, following things are necessary to know.
- Your vote can only be transferred to a place printed on your CNIC as “Permanent Address” or “Temporary Address”. So, make sure that you enter your current address on your CNIC by visiting your nearest NADRA centre.
Procedure in transferring vote:
- Discover your nearest Display Centre established by ECP.
- Visit Display Centre with your original CNIC and fill the required form or download it from the ECP website www.ecp.gov.pk
- Fill the form and submit it to District Election Commission in your constituency.
Postal Ballot Voting:
One can cast vote by post if he is:
- Government servant posted in an area far from his constituency.
- A family member of a government servant posted in an area far from his constituency.
- Under Arrest.
- Part of election staff in any region outside his constituency.
- Police/ Army man having a duty in an election in any region outside his constituency.
- Disable (having disability card issued by NADRA or disable CNIC).
- Owner of Pakistani CNIC and enrolled in voter list of the constituency.
The last day For an application submission 13 July 2018. (announced by ECP in every election)
- Get application form (Form no.14) to apply for Postal ballot either by your District Election Commission Office or by the ECP website (www.ecp.gov.pk) and fill it.
- Attest to your form by First Class Gazette Officer.
- Attach an attested copy of your CNIC and send it to Returning officer of your constituency at the address of District Election Commission.
- After few days, you will get your ballot paper by post from the RO with the instruction to stamp it.
- After stamping the ballot paper, put it in the postal envelope, make it sealed in local postal office.
- Send it to Returning officer of your constituency at the address of District Election Commission.
Vote Facility for Over-seas Pakistanis:
If an overseas Pakistani is available in Pakistan, he/she can vote in the General Election if they are registered. If they are not registered in the constituency, they have to register their vote by visiting nearest Regional Election Commission Office.
Pakistan has introduced E-Voting System for Overseas Pakistanis them but this system isn’t available for election 2018.
Remember it is your national duty to withdraw your vote from the area if you are shifting or your family member has deceased and rectified your information in Voter List.
For more information visit the Official website of Election Commission of Pakistan or visit your nearest District Election Commission Office.
Sarra Haseen is the Intern Content Writer at STUDENT’INN SOLUTIONS. She holds Degree of BS (Psychology) from Punjab University, Lahore.