Shimla, Nov 30
More than 1000 Employees have knocked on the door of chief Electoral Officer Manish Garg for not receiving the Postal ballot. They complain that it was stolen or lost during the distribution process.
A spokesman of the state election department confirmed that the number of complaints might go above one thousand. We have ordered action against the errant officials as complaints from all over the state of allegedly missing Postal ballots are pouring in large numbers. We couldn’t confirm the reason for the non-availability of Postal votes, but around one thousand Employees have complained of not receiving it so far.
The ECI has also dispatched postal ballots to all Services voters; however, the process of returning the ballot is prolonged. We are expecting that most servicemen in Indian Armed and paramilitary forces will dispatch back their postal vote before December 8. ECI expects around a seven to eight per cent swing in the state Polling, but the service voters need to show such interest. We have appealed through Media to all Ex-servicemen to participate in polling as it would strengthen electoral democracy.
Moreover, if there were any laxity on account of any Election Officer, action would be taken. The election department would issue an order to probe the complaint(s), ensuring the voting by the eligible, they stated.
Meanwhile, along with the opposition Congress, several Himachal Pradesh government and other state-affiliated bodies employees are indirectly blaming the State government machinery for not receiving the postal ballot.
Pertinent to mention that State Employees, considered a powerful vote bank, are not happy with the government as they are pressing to restore the old Pension System after the withdrawal of the discriminatory new Pension Scheme. Due to this Election issue, there is a very high swing in voting percentage, and the benefit of heavy polling may go to Congress candidates. In the matter, recently, the state government not only complained to the ECI but also warned employees not to breach the MCC by openly taking sides with Congress. However, employees never mentioned Congress; instead, they appealed to vote for OPS.
There are 412 candidates in the fray, including 24 female, while 388 are male candidates. There are around 55,92,828 total voters in the state.
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