As many as 1501 army personnel and officers posted in the district will cast vote through Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot (ETPB) system. Election Commission has introduced this system for the first time to provide transparent and faster way to deliver the postal ballots to armymen posted in the different parts of country.
Sources at district election office said postal ballots papers have been sent to commanding officers of the service voters online who will deliver it to them in hard copy. After casting their vote, they will dispatch the postal ballots to district election officer.
No postal charge will be recovered for this. Sources said special arrangements are made to receive the postal ballets at GPO. The postal ballots will be received by 7.59 am on December 11, the day of counting votes. As soon as ballot papers will be received, they will be carried from GPO to Nehru Stadium for counting.
“We have started sending postal ballots online to 1501 service voters of district from Thursday. Issuing postal ballots to 28,000 employees engaged in election duty will begin from Saturday at Holkar Science College and Arts and Commerce College. It will continue till November 24.” Kailash Wankhede, ADM incharge of postal ballot papers.
How does ETPB work?
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has developed the system. The commanding officer of service voters will receive the downloadable postal ballot through two-layer secure electronic medium, that is, ‘One Time Password (OTP). OTP will be used to download the encrypted files sent through mobile/e-mail and system generated unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) for decrypting and printing every postal ballot to individual service voter/ authorised person. The cast votes by service voters would be received by returning officer through post.