In the last Lok Sabha elections only 8,000 police officials had used the postal ballot to cast their vote while they were on election duty, but in this upcoming Assembly elections, 48,680 police officials who will be stationed on election duty, are set to cast their vote through postal ballot. The Mumbai Police has presently engaged almost all police personnel for the election duty.
“This time for the Assembly elections on October 15, we have planned that almost 48,680 police officials will be able to use the postal ballot. It becomes very difficult for them to reach to their constituency and cast votes physically. That is why, this time we have given a proper guidance through the senior officers,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni , deputy police commissioner.
“In the Loksabha elections, the postal ballot were used by the city police officials but the turnout was not high because they were unaware of the correct usage of postal ballot. The senior officials have been asked to ensure that proper guidance is given to all and maximum police personnel use their right to vote,” added Kulkarni.
According to Tarun Kumar Khatri, district election officer (suburbs), Form 12 is distributed to officers on election duty to cast their votes. In an attempt to increase participation of the officers in the Assembly elections, the suburban collector has conducted three training programmess for election-duty officers on the postal ballot and the importance of casting votes.