Every person who has attained
the age of 18 years and whose name appears in the voters list
relating to a Assembly Constituency shall, subject to other
provisions be entitled to vote at any election which takes
place in that local bodies constituency and a person whose
name does not appear in such voters list shall not vote at
any such election.
In a single member constituency
the voter has to vote for only one candidate, in a multi member
constituency he has to vote to the number of persons as the
number of constituencies clubbed into that constituency. In
Karnataka we are having multi member constituency only in
grama panchayat. However the number of voters has to caste
will be displayed promptly in front to the polling station.
In every election a voter shall
cast his vote in person and maintain secrecy of voting. Impersonation
in voting is a cognizable offence.
No person shall vote at an
election if he is subject to any of the disqualification referred
to in section 16 of Representation of the People Act 1950.
No person shall vote in more
than one constituency not withstanding his name may have been
registered in the electoral roll of more than one constituency
and if a person votes in more than one constituency his votes
in all such constituencies shall be void.
No person shall at any election
vote in the same constituency more than once, notwithstanding
that his name might have been registered in the electoral roll
for that constituency shall be void.
No person shall vote at any
election if he is confined in a prison, whether under a sentence
of imprisonment or otherwise or is in lawful custody of the
If the presiding officer is
satisfied that owing to blindness or other physical infirmity
or elector is unable to recognise the symbols on the ballot
paper or unable to mark there on without assistance he shall
permit such elector to take a companion of not less than 18
years of age to the voting compartment for recording vote
on the ballot paper on his behalf and in accordance with his
wishes. However no person shall be allowed to act as companion
for more than one elector.
Any polling agent may challenge
the identity of a person claiming to be a particular elector
by first depositing a sum of Rs 2/- in cash with the presiding
officer, if after enquiry the presiding officer considers
that the challenge had not been established he shall allow
the person challenged to vote.
If a person representing himself
to be a particular elector applied for a ballot paper, after
another person has already voted as such elector he shall
on satisfactory answering such questions relating to his identity,
the presiding officer may allow to mark a ballot paper. This
vote is termed as tendered vote.
An elector who has inadvertently
dealt with his ballot paper in such manner that it cannot
be conveniently used as a ballot paper may on returning it
to the presiding officer and on satisfying him of the inadvertence
be given another ballot paper. If an elector after obtaining
a ballot paper decides not to use it, he shall return it to
the presiding officer.
The elections to Grama Panchayats
shall be held by ballot on non-party basis and elections will
be held on free symbols. But the elections to Taluk Panchayat
and Zilla Panchayats and all urban local bodies shall be on