For the first time ever senior citizens above 80 years of age and people with disabilities will be able to cast their votes using the postal ballot facility. Election Commission has released a notification in this regard under clause3 of Section 6 of Representation of Peoples Act.
The CEC issued the notification after due considerations received from the Chief Electoral Officer of Jharkhand and amendments made by the Law Ministry in the Conduct of Election Rules, allowing ‘absentee voters’ of essential services, senior citizens above 80 years of age and people with disabilities to cast their votes through Postal Ballots.
The facility is launched on the pilot basis and would be restricted to the constituencies of Ramahal, Pakur, Jamtada, Deoghar, Godda, Bokaro, Dhanbad assembly constituencies in the state of Jharkhand in the current general elections to the Legislative Assembly.
However, the third category of persons from essential services will have to wait until the Delhi polls due early next year as the commission is still deliberating on the identification of essential services.
The voters falling in the above categories will have to apply for a Postal Ballot within five days of notification for election in their Assembly Constituencies if they wish to vote.