Punjab sees 27.15% drop in number of service voters | Chandigarh News


Chandigarh: Punjab has seen an increase in the number of voters compared to the 2017 elections, but the total number of military voters, the majority of whom are defense and paramilitaries, has decreased by 27.15%. In the case of military voters, the drop reached 92.01%.
According to data provided by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the total number of service voters in the 2017 assembly polls was 1,50,481, but the figure dropped to 1,09,624 this time. , a decrease of 27.15%. It includes 1,06,859 male voters and 2,765 female voters. There is a sharp drop in the number of women voters in women’s service compared to previous Assembly polls in the state. There were 22,028 female voters in the 2012 election and 34,609 in the 2017 election, but this time the number is only 2,765, a drop of 92.01%.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab, S Karuna Raju, said that these service voters will vote through the Electronically Transmitted Postal Voting System (ETPBS) and the ballot papers have already been sent to them.
ECI and state election department officials did not comment on the reduction in the number of service voters, but sources said it could be due to lack of interest on the part of of these staff to register to vote at home. State.
Service voters include those serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Assam Rifles, CRPF, BSF, ITBP, GREF in Border Road Organization (BRO ), the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and those employed by the central government or those stationed outside their home state.
ETPBS was first used by ECI in 2017 in parts of Punjab and Goa. In accordance with the ETPBS or electronic voting process, military or paramilitary personnel can download the password-protected blank ballot sent to them electronically, mark their preference, and return the completed ballot to their manager. respective. They are password protected and are issued to personnel through their units, who have designated officers to ensure that soldiers can vote from the duty station. This ECI made the system to increase the participation of service voters in the polls. Previously, ballots were sent manually and most of them were received after the end of the electoral process.
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