Source: News Bharati English23 Nov 2016 18:29:20

New Delhi, Nov 23:
To mitigate the irregularities present in the electoral rolls of service voters , Election Commission of India has came up with the unique idea of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System to help for government personnel for enrolling and casting their Vote.

Informing about the decision Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Nasim Zaidi said that, this technological intervention would enable the facility  for service voter to cast their vote using an electronically received postal ballot from anywhere outside their constituency.

He was speaking at the seminar organized Election Commission of India. He urged all stakeholders to co-operate for the successful implementation of electronically transmitted postal ballot system.

He assured that all the issues will be addressed related to this newly developed system. Election Commission is consulting the IT expects to make this system a fool-proof technology.

Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) was developed by Election Commission of India with the help of C-DAC, for the use of service voters. Service voter eligible for Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot may make a choice of casting their vote through this system.

The voter who make such a choice will be entitled for Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot for a particular election. Postal Ballot for entitled voters will be uniform across all categories. It will be delivered in electronic data format to the entitled voter on a real-time basis.

Briefing about the pilot project implemented in the recent by-poll in Puducherry's Nellithope assembly constituency Zaidi said that, three out of four service voters in Nellithope assembly constituency used the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System   to cast their votes.

Earlier Law Ministry (Legislative Department) has notified necessary amendments in conduct of elections rules on 21st Oct, 2016, enabling deployment of Electronically transmitted Postal Ballot System.

The seminar was organized to show case the use of IT and Electronic transmission methods to all stakeholders and deliberate rolled out to ensure increased participation of the Service Voters in Election Process.

On the occasion, Chief Election Commissioner launched online registration for Indian Coast Guard , “ Tatrakshak Online Voters Enrolment System – TOVES”  and also inaugurated exhibition and released information booklets and documents on ETPBS.