CEO Sahoo – The New Indian Express


Express news service

CHENNAI: Gone are the days when voters waited for months to get their electoral photo ID (EPIC). The digital voter ID card, launched earlier this month by the Election Commission, allows voters to download EPIC online. In the first phase, the facility will be activated for approximately 21.39 lakh voters from Tamil Nadu, whose names are entered on the final voters list.

The names of new voters, included in the 2021 Special Summary Review, conducted between November 16 and December 15 of last year, were associated with their cell phone numbers at the time of registration. Therefore, they can upload their EPIC online through the National Voter Service Portal, For others, the installation will be activated soon, official sources said.

A 20-year-old student from Korattur said: “I’ve always been told that getting an EPIC is about luck. I am delighted to have obtained my voter card when my brothers and sisters whose names were put on the list two years ago have not yet obtained theirs. I also took a color photocopy of the digital card and laminated it to look like the original.

However, many voters expressed concerns about the validity of the digital card at the time of voting. “We still don’t know if the printed card will be accepted. Can this also be presented as evidence for other purposes? Asked a 35-year-old bank employee from Virugambakkam. Allaying the concerns, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo told Express: “The downloaded EPIC is as valid as the original card. Officials said the ICE has also taken a series of measures to facilitate the card issuance process.

“Keeping in mind that new voters need their EPIC number to upload it online, text alerts are sent to their registered cell phone number with the newly generated EPIC number, as soon as the application is approved,” he said. declared an official of the company. The official added that work to issue the original EPIC to new voters is underway. “In case they don’t receive the new card, the printed EPIC can be used to vote,” the official explained.

How to download e-EPIC
Register at with mobile phone number and e-mail id
Create a username and password
Log in to
â—† Choose Download e-EPIC
â—† Enter the EPIC number or reference number and select the State


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