EC Allows Media Approved Persons to Vote by Mail in Upcoming Elections


New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has released a list of people working in essential services who can vote in the upcoming Assembly elections by postal ballot in five states.

The ECI has enabled media persons authorized by it to exercise their right to vote using the postal voting system for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.

The commission, in a letter to the chief electoral office of Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa, said media persons authorized by it for the day of election coverage can vote by post.

With regard to the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the electoral body has authorized persons employed in the department of information and public relations, health and family welfare (ambulance services emergency), the post department, the traffic department, the railways, the electricity department, the civil aviation department, the metro. Corporation of Uttar Pradesh, Doordarshan, All India Radio and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to vote by post.

In Goa, those employed in essential services including Viz medical services. Department of Public Health, Goa Medical College, Directorate of Health Services, Police, Civil Defense and Home Guards, Fire and Emergency Services, Prisons, Excise, Department of Electricity, Water Authority 9. Kadamba Transportation Corporation [SRTC of Goa]also been allowed to vote by postal ballot.

For Uttarakhand polls, those working in Airport Authority of India, Food Corporation of India, Indian Railway, Press Information Bureau, Doordarshan, All India Radio, Electricity Department, Health and Family Welfare, Uttarakhand Transport Corporation, Food and Civil Supply, BSNL, Media Persons authorized by ECI for Election Day coverage and firefighters can vote by mail.

In Manipur, those who can vote by postal ballot include employees of the Department of Electricity, BSNL, Railways, Post and Telegram, Doordarshan, Indian Radio, Department of Health in relation to the COVID-19, aviation, fire services, ambulance services and the media. authorized by ECI for Election Day coverage.

In Punjab surveys, employees of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Food Corporation of India, All India Radio, Doordharshan, Post and Telegraph, Railways, BSNL, Power, Health, Fire Services, Civil Aviation and Media Persons authorized by ECI can vote by postal ballot.

Elections for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly will be held in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. Polling in Uttar Pradesh will take place on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7.

Elections in Goa and Uttarakhand will take place on February 14 and in Manipur from February 27 to March 3. Elections in Punjab will take place on February 20.

The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

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