Over 1.11L service voters in Hry: CEO

  • | Monday | 13th May, 2024

Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Agarwal on Sunday said that the total number of service voters in the State is 1,11,658. He directed the concerned officers that an adequate number of scanners should be arranged for counting the votes and an Assistant Returning Officers (ARO) should be appointed to guide the scanning team.   Agarwal also directed all the Deputy Commissioners in the State to ensure that all AROs at sub-divisional levels ensure procurement of election material from the Ambala store. Postal ballot scanning will be done before the counting of votes, so one ARO will be appointed for every 10 scanners.   Apart from it, separate AROs should be appointed for each proposed counting table, and the names and mobile numbers of these officers should be sent to the Chief Electoral Officers office.   Agarwal said that recent introduction of ETPBS (Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System) and postal ballot scanning is a very important aspect, so officers themselves will have to perform this task. High-speed leased lines of 100 Mbps (megabytes per second) should be arranged for all polling centres.   Voters over 85 years of age and persons with disabilities (PwDs) who wish to vote from home, should fill out Form 12 D and send it to the Election Commission, he said.   He said that postal ballots are an important element in vote counting. Under this, service voters, voters and other employees deployed on counting duty and absentee voters are counted. In view of this, he directed to appoint a separate nodal officer.   The Chief Electoral Officer stated that between March 16 and May 6, 1,95,662 new voters have been added to the State. In Haryana, there are 20,031 polling stations, including 10,523 temporary polling stations.   Saksham App to Facilitate PwDs Agarwal said that in an effort to ensure participation in all sections of elections, the ECI is making significant efforts. As part of these efforts, a Saksham App has been developed with the aim of making the use of voting rights for persons with disabilities easy and convenient. This mobile app is a boon for differently-abled voters, considering their convenience. Saksham App can be used to avail various voter-centric services related to persons with disabilities in connection with elections, he said.   Through the App, differently-abled voters can not only check their names in the voter list but also request for wheelchair accessibility to the polling booth, among other services. They can register themselves as new voters, make corrections in their voter cards, link voter cards with Aadhaar, or request for other types of services related to the electoral process.

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