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Arunachal casts first vote in country

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 7 2019 6:47PM
Arunachal casts first vote in country
Head of ATS Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), DIG Sudhakar Natarajan casts the first postal ballot on Friday Itanagar, Apr 07 (HS): Arunachal Pradesh has become the first state to cast votes for the April 11 election with the head of ATS Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), DIG Sudhakar Natarajan casting the first postal ballot on Friday, five days before the first phase of the elections. The state will be holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly elections. Casting of the first votes began at 10 am on Friday at Lohitpur in Lohit district. A total of 80 ITBP personnel cast their ballot. The troops voted for their respective constituencies in Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Bihar, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh among few others, from the Animal Training School of the frontier guarding force in Lohitpur on Friday, Natarajan said. “Other units of the force in the state and other far-flung areas are undertaking the same process,” an Indo-Tibetan Border Police force spokesperson said. Personnel of the armed forces, armed police forces and state police personnel deployed outside their constituencies are considered as service voters. Diplomats and other support staff serving in embassies are also service voters. This is the first case of service voters exercising their franchise in the state in 2019. These postal ballots will now be sent to their respective constituencies for counting on May 23. According to the Election Commission, there are 16,77,386 service electors, including 43,100 women, in the electoral rolls. Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of 2,54,950 service voters followed by Bihar with 1,39,815 such voters. Karnataka has 39,539 service voters, including 804 women. In Arunachal Pradesh, there are 4964 service voters who will use electronically transmitted postal ballots system (ETPBS). With the ITBP servicemen kicking-off the voting in the state, government officials also began lining up to cast their votes on Friday. In Tawang district, 607 votes had been cast votes at the district headquarters - Tawang - from all three Assembly Constituencies in the district. The Election Commission has said that the ETPBS enables the entitled service voters to cast their vote using an electronically received postal ballot from anywhere outside their constituency. It reduces the time period for the dispatch of the postal ballot to the entitled service voters. “The details of the concerned voters are auto filled in the postal ballot, delivered through electronic media by this system. It is a fully secured system with two layers of security. Secrecy is maintained through the use of OTP and PIN and no duplication of cast Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot is possible due to the unique QR Code,” it has said. Hindusthan Samachar/Dhrubajyoti/Shri Ram\
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