One of the prerequisite to vote in India is holding a Voter ID Card (Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by Election Commission of India.
Like all things in life, it is good to have a change in the Voter ID Card design now and than.
EC of India is planning to introduce durable voter ID cards
“At present, the laminated Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) is made of paper with the elector’s photograph. Now we are considering changing it at the pan-India level to a hard plastic card, something like a driving card or a credit card,” Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla recently said.
The new voter card with colour photos will be first issued in Assam and Nagaland.
Nearly 95 per cent voters are covered with EPIC except in Assam and Nagaland. The current card costs about Rs 10-12 and as the new EPIC will have additional features, the cost will less than Rs50/- .
To recover the associated costs, the Commission will charge a fee, which will be less that Rs 50, from the voters holding the present EPIC to convert them into hard plastic cards.
The choice to opt for the new version will be that of the voter.
The new card size will be 8.6 cm vertical and 5.4 cm horizontal and will be printed on a PVC sheet and laminated. Existing EPICs are monochrome and use thin paper which is laminated.
As the new cards are more durable, it is advisable for the voters to opt for the new card at a reasonable rate.
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