On the occasion of National Voters’ Day, the Election Commission on Monday started the e-EPIC (Electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card) programme that will provide a secure PDF version of the electoral photo identity card (EPIC) to voters which can be downloaded on the mobile phones or in the self printable format on computers.
This is the first time the government is issuing Voter Id cards in a digital format. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch the e-EPIC programme and distribute digital voter ID cards to five new voters.
Other identity proofs like the Aadhaar card, PAN card, driving license are already available in digital format.
The e-EPIC initiative will be launched in two phases. The first phase will begin from Monday in which new voters who have already applied for the voter ID card will be able to download the e-EPIC through the help of their registered mobile number. Whereas the second phase will begin from February 1 in which people across the nation will be accessible to apply for the e-EPIC.
The National Voters Day is celebrated annually to mark the foundation of the Election Commission.
Every year, the ECI organises special events to make people aware of the huge weight of the right to vote and the importance of casting a vote in a democracy.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the “remarkable contribution” of the ECI. He said that the efforts of the Election Commission helped “strengthen our democratic fabric and ensure smooth conduct of elections.”