A Spokesperson of the State Government said that the Election Commission of India had issued instructions for smooth management of postal ballot papers during general elections in the State. He said that it was mandatory that the Superintendent of Police (SP) and Senior Superintendent of Police would identify district wise Nodal Officer for preparing data of Police/Security Personal, who would be deputed on duty on the polling day and would be eligible for obtaining postal ballot papers.

A list of such police personal should be obtained in advance and further submitted by the SP’s to the concerned district Election Officer seven days before the date of poll so as to enable the Returning Officer to complete all formalities in this regard.

He said that the initial task of such nodal officer was to arrange and disburse blank application, in form no 12, for issue of postal ballot paper to such police personal along with form no 12 . The elector on receiving the Postal Ballot Paper will mark his vote and send the same to the Returning Officer by registered post or he may put the marked postal ballot in the ‘drop box’ kept in the office of the Returning Officer.