Ban on postal voting in elections – EC letter to Law Minister
During the assembly and parliamentary elections, the officers and constables engaged in election work are following the practice of paying postal votes.
But there have been allegations of intimidation of officials while registering postal votes and high levels of electoral malpractice.
In this case, the matter was discussed in the meeting held on 16th under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar. Accordingly, the Election Commission has written a letter to the Law Ministry.
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In it, it has been emphasized that after canceling the postal voting system, those involved in election work should go to the special polling station and implement the procedure of voting. For this, the Election Commission has also requested that appropriate amendments be brought in the Representation of the People Act.
Earlier, the Election Commission of India had decided not to provide postal voting facility to those above 65 years of age in the Bihar assembly elections and subsequent by-elections. However, postal vote was provided to persons above 80 years of age, disabled voters, voters engaged in essential services, voters affected by Covid-19 pandemic/quarantined (in homes/government places) in these elections.
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