Today's Google Doodle is dedicated to the third phase of India's mammoth general election. The election is spread over seven phases in total, with the first two phases of voting held on April 11 and April 18. Today is the largest phase of the Lok Sabha election, which will see polling in 117 seats across 13 states and two Union states.
The Google Doodle, like on the first two phases of the Lok Sabha election, is marked by a closed fist with the index finger held up. The nail has a black mark, indicating a vote has been cast. The doodle leads to instructions on how to vote.
The third phase of the national election will see all of Gujarat and Kerala going to vote. Today's voting will decide the fate of the seats being contested by heavyweights like BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. While Amit Shah is contesting from Gujarat's Gandhinagar, Rahul Gandhi has chosen Kerala's Wayanad as his second seat, after his home constituency Amethi.
The last of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha election will be held on May 19, with the counting scheduled for May 23.
Here is the guide to the voting process at polling booths:
- First polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof
- Second polling official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A)
- You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth
- Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep sound
- Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box
- You can press NOTA, None of the Above, if you don't like any candidate; it's the last button on the EVM
- For more information, please see the Voter Guide on http://ecisveep.nic.in/