Agartala: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced to take the votes of as many as 681 citizens of above 80 years of age and persons with disability in the by poll of two assembly constituencies of Agartala on June 18 and 19 next.
The poll officials on Wednesday said that ECI for the first time introduced the system of voting at home for the octogenarians and differently able electorates, who had earlier been brought to the polling booths by the family people or by the political parties and escorted them up to the voting compartment.
The Returning Officers (RO) of Town Bardowali and Agartala assembly constituencies had held meetings with the representatives of poll-fighting political parties for introduction of voting at home.
As per ECI guideline, the people above 80 years of age and persons with disability will cast their vote at their respective houses in presence of polling officials.
The commission has already distributed Form-12(D) to respective voters of these categories and the polling personnel with security forces, representatives of different political parties will visit every house of these voters between 8 AM and 5 PM on June 17 and 18 next and will collect their votes through postal ballots, which will be videographed.
The RO of Chief Minister’s constituency Asim Saha said during the voting process, security personnel will also be accompanied by a poll team during their house to house visit and will record the voting process. Altogether 9 teams have been constituted for Agartala and 10 teams for Town Bardowali assembly seats and registered the voting process.
He further informed that EVM commissioning for both the seats will be completed on Thursday at the strong rooms located in presence of engineers from ECI, poll officials and representatives of all candidates. The voting for poll personnel and police personnel will be held on June 21 next at UK Academy in presence of the assistant returning officers of both constituencies.
The ECI has appointed 149 micro-observers to peacefully conduct the by-elections in two constituencies of the city who had already been trained on Tuesday by the general observer of the by-election. Micro Observers have a responsibility to make the entire vote process transparent.