Once you have received your ballot papers, follow the steps mentioned below to cast your vote as a service voter1:
- Put a tick mark (✓) or cross mark (x) next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for.
- You must not write or mark anything on the ballot paper that would reveal your identity.
- Fill Form 13A declaring that you have cast your postal ballot. Attest it by a notary/stipendiary magistrate or the commanding officer of your unit, ship or establishment (depending upon which wing of the armed forces you are from).
- If you are a government official serving abroad, you must get it attested by the diplomatic or consular representative of India at the country where you are posted.
- Note down the serial number of your ballot paper on the Form 13B cover and Place your marked ballot paper inside it and seal it according to the instructions.
- Put your duly filled and sealed Form 13A and Form 13B in the envelope provided (Form 13C). The envelope will already be addressed to your Returning Officer.
- You do not need to affix any postal stamp on your envelope.
- If you are a government official casting your postal ballot then you can send it either by airmail or as a diplomatic package.
- Post it by the time and date timelines mentioned.
If you send it after the fixed time, your vote will not be counted.0
- Service Electors FAQ, Election Commission of India, available at https://eci.gov.in/faqs/voter-electors/service-voter/faqs-service-electors-r13/