The Election Commission of India is committed to ensuring that no voter is deprived of their right to vote. In the current election process, they have introduced a system of Postal Ballot voting and extended this facility to government employees and home voters in the Udaipur district. Specifically, 3,832 voters in the senior citizen and differently-abled categories have opted for the convenience of home voting, while 163 employees belonging to 8 compulsory service categories will have the opportunity to cast their votes through postal ballots. This inclusive approach ensures that a total of 16,303 employees will exercise their voting rights through postal ballots.
The last date to apply for home voting was November 4, 2023 through form 12D. As of the designated deadline, 3,297 senior citizens aged over 80 and 535 differently-abled individuals have submitted their requests for home voting. The procedure to issue postal ballots and include these voters in the electoral list is currently underway.
In the eight compulsory service categories, a total of 163 employees have submitted their applications. These employees belong to various legislative constituencies, including 12 in Gogunda, 13 in Jhadol, 25 in Kherwara, 29 in Udaipur Rural, 19 in Udaipur City, 21 in Mavli, 22 in Vallabh Nagar, and 22 in Salumber. These designated returning officers will have the opportunity to cast their votes at special polling booths located at the headquarters for a three-day period.
The District Election Officer provided details on the distribution of voters eligible for home voting in various legislative constituencies. In the Gogunda constituency, there are 374 senior citizens and 81 differently-abled individuals. Jhadol has 425 senior citizens and 72 differently-abled individuals, while Kherwara comprises 352 senior citizens and 95 differently-abled individuals. Udaipur Rural has 295 senior citizens and 59 differently-abled individuals, and in Udaipur City, there are 483 senior citizens and 37 differently-abled individuals. Mavli consists of 419 senior citizens and 53 differently-abled individuals, Vallabhnagar has 752 senior citizens and 105 differently-abled individuals, and Salumber has 197 senior citizens and 33 differently-abled individuals who can make use of the home voting facility.
District Collector Arvind Poswal has informed that in the Udaipur district's election process, over 16,000 government postal ballots will be utilized for casting their votes. Of these, 11,665 voters reside within the Udaipur district, with distribution as follows: 589 in Gogunda, 1,289 in Jhadol, 2,782 in Kherwara, 1,649 in Udaipur Rural, 1,064 in Udaipur City, 966 in Mavli, 1,381 in Vallabhnagar, and 1,945 in Salumber. Additionally, there are 4,475 voters who are currently based in Udaipur but are residents of other districts. Their postal ballots will be dispatched to their respective districts.
The Election Commission of India's initiative aims to make the voting process more accessible and convenient for various categories of voters, ultimately enhancing participation in the electoral process.