EC to send 'Meghdoot' postcards to 3 lakh voters in Puducherry
Posted on: 10 May 2016 14:23:21
10 May 2016 Current Affairs: The Election Commission will be sending out 'Meghdoot' postcards to three lakh voters requesting them to cast their votes in the May 16 Assembly polls in the Union Territory.
Joint Chief Electoral Officer of Puducherry R T Rudra Goud has launched the posting of Meghdoot postcards covering three lakh voters in Puducherry district with the request. He handed the cards to 30 postmen here at the Head Post office which carry the message by the EC to the voters.
Speaking to reporters, Goud said the drive was to ensure that voters in constituencies which registered low polling percentage in the last election turn up in overwhelming numbers. The cards carry a message that visually challenged voters will also have the Braille voting system and besides them assistance would also be provided to orthopedically and physically challenged persons who cast their ballot.
The electorate can exercise their franchise on production of the slips at the polling station on election day and those who had not received them could approach the concerned Booth Level officersto get the slips. With a view to enabling government staff deployed for election duty to exercise their franchise,election authorities have set up voting facilitation centres with postal ballot boxes at the eight training centres.A total of 8,248 officers have been drafted for poll duty and they can exercise their franchise through postal ballots. They can alternatively also send the ballots through post. These postal votes would be opened on counting day (May 19) and the Election commission has sent the postal ballots for the service voters.
Election Commission of India : The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes to Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, state legislatures, and the offices of the President and Vice President in India.The Election Commission operates under the authority of Constitution, and subsequently enacted Representation of the People Act. The Supreme Court of India has held that where the enacted laws are silent or make insufficient provision to deal with a given situation in the conduct of elections, the Election Commission has the residuary powers under the Constitution to act in an appropriate manner.
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