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Postal Ballot: Abolition of postal ballot… Controversial decision of the Election Commission! Where should all these people vote?ATN News

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The term ‘postal ballot’ is heard a lot during elections. During the counting of votes, the postal ballot votes are counted first. Postal ballot vote is used by those who are on election duty and cannot go to their own constituency to vote. But the Central Election Commission (EC) wants to end postal ballot voting. It was decided to abolish the postal ballot. Major changes will be made so that officers on election duty can exercise their right to vote at Voter Facilitation Centers instead of postal ballots. In this regard, the Central Election Commission has informed that it has sent instructions to the Central Law Department last week. It is revealed that this proposal was introduced to reduce misuse of postal ballot.

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The Central Election Commission said that Section 18 of the Conduct of Elections Act, 1961 should be amended to use the vote at the facilitation center instead of the postal ballot in the elections. Chief Electoral Officer Rajeev Kumar and Election Commissioner Anoop Chandra Pandey suggested this. The law allows voters on election duty, service voters and those in police custody to vote by postal ballot. But from now on, the law will be changed so that all people can vote at the facilitation center.

More than 10 lakh polling stations will be set up across the country for the Lok Sabha elections held every five years. About one crore voters are on election duty. Police, Polling Officers, Presiding Officers, other officials… cannot vote like ordinary people. Cannot go to own constituency. But according to the rules of the Election Commission, all those on election duty can exercise their right to vote through postal ballot. Vote will be sent by post. Postal ballot will be given to the employees during the training for those going on election duty. Facilitation centers are available with all the facilities for the same. But many people carry postal ballot with them. As it is convenient to send them to the Returning Officer before 8 am on the counting day, they are keeping them with them till then. Thus, the Election Commission found that the postal ballot was being misused. It is in this situation that the Election Commission has proposed to change the rules so that polling can be conducted at facilitation centers.

Published by:Sivakumar Addula

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Tags: Election Commission of India, The election

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