Almost 1,550 government employees, who will be posted on election duty, have exercised their right to franchise in the last three days, during the training session going on at Forest Research Institute (FRI) and MN Gosh Auditorium in ONGC in Dehradun.
In a voting process which has been going on especially for government officials at training centres ahead of the assembly election scheduled for January 30, the employees posted in different constituencies are casting their votes amid special arrangements.
Additional district magistrate (ADM), Vinod Suman told Hindustan Times, "As many as 163 employees had cast their votes on January 19 whereas 582 and 800 discharged their democratic duty on January 20 and 21 respectively".
Voting has been going on in the presence of returning officers of respective assembly constituencies. Notably, there 10 assembly seats in Dehradun district and almost 7,000 government employees, including both state and central government employees, have been listed by the district administration for conducting successful elections in the district.
The district administration has made special arrangements to ensure full participation of government employees on election duty in the voting process.
"We are distributing postal ballot forms to every government employee and our target is to ensure 100% voting by government employees. Special ballot boxes for them will remain in place till January 29, when the polling parties will be sent to their duties," said Dilip Jawalkar, district election officer (DEO).