Assembly Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: What is Postal Ballot? Who can avail this facility | Postal Voting- Watch Video

Publish Date: 10 Mar, 2022 |

Assembly Elections 2022: The counting of votes for the Assembly elections in five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur starts. The elections were held between February 10 and March 7 with Uttar Pradesh voting in a maximum of seven phases, followed by Manipur in two phases and the remaining three states in one phase each. A restricted set of voters can exercise the postal voting method.


What is a Postal ballot?- LIVE Updates

Through the facility of Postal Ballot, a voter can cast her vote remotely by recording her preference on the ballot paper. Then the voter sends it back to the election officer before counting. A restricted set of voters can exercise postal voting. Through this facility, a voter can cast her vote remotely by recording her preference on the ballot paper and sending it back to the election officer before counting.

Postal ballots are being counted right now in Dehradun. Around 550 police personnel are deployed here. The use of mobile phones is banned inside counting centres. Victory rallies can be conducted only with permission, said SSP Janmejay Khanduri

The assembly elections results will set the stage for the Lok Sabha elections in 2024 and will show the chances of BJP coming to power in Lok Sabha, which currently rules four of these five states, except Punjab. 

On Monday, The Election Commission (EC) released the list of persons who can exercise their franchise through the postal ballot in five states – Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Uttar Pradesh – going to polls in February and March.


Who all can vote through Postal Ballot?

  • Information and Public Relation Department

  • Health and Family Welfare

  • Post Department

  • Traffic Department

  • Railways

  • Electricity Department

  • Civil Aviation Department

  • Metro Rail Corporation of Uttar Pradesh

  • Doordarshan

  • All India Radio

  • BSNL

  • Medical services

  • Goa Medical colleges

  • Police

  • Prisons

  • Excise

  • Water Authority

  • Treasury Service

  • Forest

  • Ambulance

Before the date fixed for state assembly polls, postal voting centres (PVCs) will be open for 3 consecutive days in all the constituencies. the PVCs will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm. UP will vote in seven phases starting from February 10. Punjab will vote on February 20, Uttarakhand and Goa will go to the polls on February 14. 


Who can avail the facility of Postal Ballot?

Members of the armed forces like the Army, Navy and Air Force, members of the armed police force of a state (serving outside the state), government employees posted outside India and their spouses are entitled to vote only by post. In other words, they can’t vote in person. Voters under preventive detention can also vote only by post.


Special voters such as the President of India, Vice President, Governors, Union Cabinet ministers, Speaker of the House and government officers on poll duty have the option to vote by post. But they have to apply through a prescribed form to avail this facility.

Why have so many political parties written to Election Commission on postal ballots recently?

Opposition parties don't oppose postal ballots. The Congress, CPI, CPI(M), Trinamool Congress and the RJD have objected to the EC’s decision to allow voters aged 65 and above and those infected or suspected to be infected with COVID19 to vote via postal ballots.

CPI(M) was the first to object to the change on the ground that the change was effected without consulting political parties. TMC has described it as an “arbitrary, malafide, unconstitutional” move against free and fair elections and CPI has said the move “will lead to malpractices and foul play by those parties which are in power and having resources”.

Congress has argued that allowing those aged 65 and above to vote by postal ballot violates secrecy in voting as a large segment of the population is uneducated and they might seek assistance from others at numerous stages, ending up disclosing their preferred candidate. This also exposes them to “administrative influence or influence by the Government or the ruling party”.


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