The Election Commission of India Monday issued detailed guidelines for proxy voting by armed forces personnel in the elections. According to Kusumjit Singh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Punjab said that special provisions have been made in the law for facilitating registration of armed forces personnel and casting of votes by them.
By virtue of provisions under R P Act, 1950 a member of the Armed forces and his wife, if residing with him, can be registered as service voters in the last part of the electoral of the constituency in which his native place is located.
She said that members of the armed forces registered as service voters can vote either by postal ballot or by proxy. She said that a service voter, who opts to vote through proxy, is required to appoint a person who is resident of the area covered by the constituency, where he/she is registered as service elector, as his proxy.
She clarified that the proxy should be of at least 18 years of age and shall not be disqualified for registration as an elector but need not be a registered voter. The appointment is to be made in Form 13F. A copy of the Form is attached herewith. An appointment for a proxy, once made, will be valid for all future elections so long as the person making the appointment continues to be a service voter or till the appointment is revoked by the service voter or the proxy dies.
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