18 - 02 - 2018

Voter ID card compulsory for casting vote, says CEO

AGARTALA, Feb 10, 2018 (TVN): Without photo voter ID – card or voter slip given by BLO nobody can cast vote. Even they will not be allowed to stand in queue before polling booth, said chief electoral officer, Shriram Taranikanta.

 Addressing a press meet yesterday here CEO said in next five days BLOs will  deliver  photo voter slip to all voters  by going door to door. A voter should bring either of the one to on polling day.

Two things will be mentioned in the voter slip that will be delivered by BLO. First, to verify in VVPAT whether the vote casted went in favour of the candidate you  liked. Second, secrecy will be mentioned while casting votes, CEO said.

The vote casted will remain foolproof secret, no scope for others to know whom the voters have voted for. However there is rumor that secrecy will not be maintained, CEO ruled out such rumors terming it as baseless.

Meanwhile, from today polling of those on election duty will start. Changes have been made in the system of postal ballot polling.

Those in election duty will have to go in the concerned polling booth for casting vote. After casting vote it should be dropped in ballot box. In postal ballot polling booth this time there will be agents of political parties.

As per schedule on February 10 from 9 am to 5 pm  and on February 11 from 9 am to 1 pm police and TSR personnel will give votes. In each sub division one polling booth have been opened.

On February 11 from 1 pm to 5 pm and on February 12 from 9 am to 5 pm election duty personnel will cast vote.

On February 13 from 9 am to 5 pm drivers, co – drivers and other employees will cast votes.  On February 14 from 9 am to 5 pm micro observers and web casting workers.

For any reason those who cannot vote in the schedule date they can cast vote on February 14.

CEO also informed 52 observers have been appointed for election- 25 are general observers, 19 are expenditure observers and 8 are police observers. All are from other states.

Besides two thousands are micro observers. All are central government employee.