Soldiers posted along the border will soon be able to vote with an e-ballot facility, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday. The EC said the Law Ministry had approved its recommendation to provide them with electronic postal ballots so Army personnel could exercise their franchise, PTI has reported.
“We had recommended electronic postal ballot facility for service voters and it has been accepted by Ministry of Law and Justice and this facility will now be provided to them.
“Now our service voters posted at border areas can use this facility for the first time on pilot basis which is a historic opportunity for ECI to promote inclusive participation,” Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said during a presser.
“We have the technology and operational procedure (for it) and we are working with the ministry of defence on it. We are asking them how many are service voters at borders and we will successfully implement the same and a lot of service voters will be included,” he said.
The Election Commission proposed that the categories of voters mentioned at rule 18 of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 may be made eligible for e-postal ballot system.
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, Financial Express has reported.