Mumbai, Oct 7 (The Press Watch) – There are more than 1.17 lakh service voters working with armed forces, para-military forces and central as well as state armed police force and online ballot papers would be sent to them via ETPBS which is electronically transmitted postal ballot system.
The Election Commission of India has developed ETPBS with the help of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing C-DAC. The system has been made available for voting for employees working with armed forces, para-military forces, central armed police forces and state reserve police force as well as those working on deputation in foreign countries or training abroad.
The ETPBS was first used during the Pudducheri elections held for Nellithope assembly constituency in 2016. It was also used during the recently held Lok Sabha elections nationwide. The ballot papers are sent to voters online. Applications of service voters for ETPB have been sent by nodal officers to the district election officers and returning officers decide on it after list of service voters is sent to them by DEO.
The ballot papers are sent to voters online 10 days before the voting day and this system saves on travel time of ballot papers and also brings down load on election machinery. The ballot paper print out to be taken and after the vote is casted It is required to be sent by post. No postal charges are applied nor any postal stamp is required to be put on it.
ETPBS is for..
· The Jawans on duty outside their constituencies working for armed forces, paramilitary forces.
· The Jawans from Central armed police forces
· The Jawans from state reserve police force wrking outside state
· The spouces residing with these Jawans
· Officers and employees from Indian government service those working abroad (Overseas voters)
ETPBS and its specialities
· It is a secure system, having two layer security
· OTP and PIN is required to download ETPB
· Secrecy is maintained and no duplicate of casted ETPB is possible due to QR code.
Maximum service voters in Satara
As per the final voter’s list published for state of Maharashtra, there are 1.17 lakh 581 service voters in state, while Satara has maximum service voters of 12 thousand 658. There are minimum service voters in Palghar which are just 310. As per final voters list there are 1.14 lakh 496 male service voters while there are 3085 female service voters in Maharashtra.
Service voters in various districts as per final voter list are as follows – Nandurbar 401, Dhule 2621, Jalgaon 7878, Buldhana 4588,Akola 3180, Washim 1260, Amravati 3282,Wardha 867, Nagpur 2770, Bhandara 1654, Gondiya 1799, Gadchiroli 515, Chandrapur 1708, Yavatmal 1378, Nanded 2790, Hingoli 732, Parbhani 1137, Jalna 1530, Aurangabad 2489, Nashik 8966, Palghar 310, Thane 1532, Mumbai suburban 983, Mumbai city 393, Raigad 1200, Pune 5797, Ahmednagar10258, Beed 4512, Latur 2902, Osmanabad 2684, Solapur 4537, Satara 12658, Ratnagiri 842, Sindhudurg 808, Kolhapur 8753, Sangli 7867.