Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) for Service Voter
The postal ballot paper to the service voters was sent by the Returning Officer after printing the ballot for each and every service voter of the Constituency, and then put it in an envelope inscribed with the address of the Record Office of each service voters. This takes a lot of resources, efforts and time, thus increasing the chance of mistake, since each ballots need to be printed and put in the correct envelope. Since, the last part of electoral roll was not upto date, therefore, the Record Officer faced a challenge in identifying the present place of posting of the service voter thus failing in delivering the postal ballot to the concerned service voters in time. This led to low turnout of the service voters of about 3-4% in the General Election to Lok Sabha 2014.
Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) will be transmitted through Electronic Means to the service voters. It enables the voters to cast their vote on an electronically received postal ballot from their preferred location, which is outside their originally assigned voting constituency. This system provides an easier option of facilitating voting by the electors as the time constraint for dispatch of postal ballot has been addressed using this system.