Doubling of postal ballots: Govt staff who cast vote twice likely to face action
Thiruvananthapuram: Government employees who cast vote in special centres will have to face the music if they are found to have voted twice. The multiple votes can be detected if the vote ballot is handed over to the returning officer.
Those who cast vote can be identified by cross checking the list given to the returning officer. The Election Commission received the first report of the collector regarding bogus voting through postal ballot.
The returning officers were given a list of those who are eligible for postal ballot, those who cast vote at special centres and those who were given postal ballot via post in each constituency. But even after this, the ballot was sent to some people who exercised franchise at special centres. This a grave mistake on the part of returning officers, the collector’s report stated.
Those who cast vote earlier and received ballots can be identified using the list. But the Commission should disclose who cast rigged votes only during certain circumstances. If two votes were cast, both are likely to be cancelled.
The employees who received postal ballot have started returning them to the concerned officials. It is considered as an offence to not return the ballot. However, the EC officials said that this can be an isolated incident and it is not as serious as it sounds.
The collector decides the number of postal ballots in each constituency based on the number given by the returning officers. Ballots are printed according to this. 10 percent extra ballots are printed apart from the actual number. The details of the additionally printed ballots should be recorded. The commission will cross check if ballots were printed unnecessarily.