Who are Service Voters?
The e-postal ballot system, designed for Service Voters of India. Under the provision of subsection (8) of Section 20 of Representation of People Act, 1950, a person, having the service qualification, can register himself/herself as Service Voter at his/her native place. Even though the person is residing in any other place in concern to service or duties, can cast the vote. The person has another option to enroll as a general voter for the place where he/she is residing for service. Here is the classification of qualified service voters.
- Armed Forces of Union Members
- Members of a force to which provisions of the Army Act, 1950 (46 of 1950), they are applicable whether with or without modification
- State Members of an Armed Police Force and serving outside that state or
- Member, who is an employee under the Government of India, in a post outside India.
Whether Any Person May Register As General Voter And Service Voters, At The Same Time?
So the answer is ‘No’. As per the Indian Government’s rule, under Sections 17 and 18 of Representation of People Act, 1950, no person can register himself or herself more than one place or time as a voter. So, it is similar for the qualified service voters too. If a person is proceeding in reference to register as service voter, it becomes mandatory to a declaration in the prescribed format to ensure that he or she did not have any enrolment as an ordinary elector in any constituency.
A procedure of Enrollment As Service Voter or Procedure
EC (Election Commission) revises rolls for service voters twice in a year. After the announcements for the procedure, the voters need to fill the individual forms as per there service. ‘Form 2’ for Armed Force Members, ‘Form 2A’ for Armed Police Force of a State who are serving outside that State and ‘Form 3’ for the persons who are the employees, under Government of India on a post outside India. The forms and declaration letters are sent to the officer-in-charge or nodal authority. They will check each and every detail and ensure the authenticity.
The officer-in-charge will sign and forward it to the CEO (Chief Electoral Officer of the concerned State). The form is sent to respective District Election Officer who will then send it to the Electoral Registration Officer of the constituency. Here, the rest processing of the form is executed by ERO (Electoral Registration Officer).
E-Postal Ballot Paper |Service Voters
You will get an e-postal ballot then, for the immediate election. Fill it and send it to the Returning officer of District Magistrate. Now the election commission will arrange to forward you the ballot paper electronically. You can now get these forms through your respective officers with their assigned OTP (one-time password). One more thing to know here that, these forms are in encrypted format. It means, the information you are filling and your votes, everything is safe and it away from copying.
Service Voters Portal – The Thought Behind The Procedure
As the footer of the service voters portal shows the tagline for which the whole procedure is running. You can visit the portal by this link http://servicevoter.nic.in/, and scroll down to the bottom.