The Election Commission of India (ECI) has come up with new initiatives ahead of the Presidential election today.
Commission has issued special pens of violet ink with a serial number to ensure that only instrument supplied by the poll watchdog is used for marking the ballot.
As per the procedure adopted at state assemblies and Parliament, the polling officials collect the personal pens of members before entering voting chamber. Members are given ECI special pen for marking the ballot paper. The special pen will be taken back once the member comes out of the voting chamber.
Using any other pen may lead to invalidation of the vote at the time of counting under Rule 31 (1) (d) of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Rules 1974.
In another initiative, special posters have also been prepared for do’s and dont’s to ensure peaceful poll session. Use of ECI pen, maintenance of secrecy and non-issuance of whip are part of the “do’s and dont’s ”
Meanwhile, The ECI has permitted 14 Rajya Sabha members, 41 Lok Sabha members to vote in the state legislative assemblies instead in Parliament in today’s Presidential elections.
Similarly, it has permitted five MLAs to exercise their vote in Parliament and 4 MLAs to vote in other State legislative Assemblies.
A total of 32 polling stations and 33 observers have been appointed by the ECI to oversee conduct of elections.