Goa becomes first state to send postal ballots via electronic mode

The Chief Election Commissioner(CEC) of India, Syed Nasim Zaidi has informed that the state government of Goa has opted for an initiative involving electronic transmission of postal ballot to service voters in the upcoming assembly polls. This initiative will make Goa the first state in the country to do so. Goa will become the first state in the country to opt for electronic transmission of postal ballot to service voters in the upcoming assembly polls, chief election commissioner (CEC) Syed Nasim Zaidi said on 24 January 2017. Meanwhile, in order to ensure that the polling takes place in a free and fair manner, a slew of measures have been taken up by the ECI like strict vigil on casinos, state borders and the airport.

This facility allows service voters (who are either in the defence, para-military forces or on diplomatic missions) to download the postal vote, cast their vote and send it via e-mail to returning officer. Sending ballot papers through electronic means will cut down the time in transmission of postal ballot to the service voters. Besides, Goa will also be the first state in the country to use Voter- Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in all assembly constituencies. Goa has 822 service voters who are either in the defence, para-military forces or on diplomatic missions.

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