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Punjab arranges electronic ballots for armed personnel ahead of elections

Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh said ETPBs was introduced for the first time in the state to ensure that armed forces are not left behind in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Published: 22nd January 2017 08:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd January 2017 08:49 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

CHANDIGARH: Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer on Sunday said 423 voters of the armed forces stationed in five constituencies of Punjab will be provided Electronic Transmission of Postal Ballots (ETPB), as per guidelines of the Election Commission.
 
In a statement issued here, Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh said ETPBs was introduced for the first time in the state to ensure that armed forces are not left behind in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.
 
This novel initiative has been implemented in five constituencies of Punjab out of which 4 fall in Ludhiana District, namely Ludhiana East, Atam Nagar, Ludhiana Central, Ludhiana North and one in Jalandhar West (Reserved).
 
Singh also said a total number of armed forces voters falling in these five constituencies is 423 (284 in Ludhiana and 139 in Jalandhar). These voters have been issued ballot papers electronically by the respective Returning Officers.
 
Service voters can download these ballot papers till 5 pm on February 4, and can send them to returning officers till 8 am on March 11.
 
The candidates have also been apprised of the new initiative through the required training-cum-awareness programme conducted by District Educational Office (DEO) in Ludhiana and Jalandhar, said Singh.



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