Election rules amended to allow e-transfer of postal ballot

election-commission postal ballotUpcoming assembly elections might see armed forces service voters receiving their postal ballot through the internet from the Election Commission (EC). A notification announcing the amendment to the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 enabling service voters, including armed forces personnel, to cast their vote in elections through e-postal ballot was issued on Friday.

Under the new system, the voters will download blank ballot papers, mark their preference and post the filled-up ballot back to their respective returning officers. “The armed forces personnel serving in remote and border areas would be greatly benefitted since the present system of two-way transmission of ballot paper by the postal services has not been able to meet the expectations of the service voters,” said a source.

The new process will save time consumed by the two-way transmission of ballot paper by post, sources added. Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur and Goa are going to polls early next year. According to sources a two-way electronic transmission (or e-voting) has not been recommended by the Election Commission, citing security and secrecy concerns.

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