Most of the 24,000 Mumbai police personnel on election duty to ensure a safe and hassle-free ballot for voters could not vote on Thursday.
“If the policemen are on duty, they certainly cannot leave their allotted areas and go to cast their votes,” said Nisar Tamboli, deputy commissioner of police and spokesperson of the Mumbai police force.
“I have been stationed at this polling booth since Tuesday night. I am not allowed to leave the premises even for a second. Going home to vote is out of question,” said a constable attached to Kasturba Marg police station, who was on duty at ward no. 13 in Borivli.
The policemen have the option to vote through postal ballots, said Tamboli.
“They must apply for the postal ballot at least 15 days before the polls. But that’s their individual lookout,” he said.
A majority of the 40,000 police personnel in the city, however, don’t know they can exercise this option.
“Of course, I want to have a say in my city’s administration. But I don’t know how to go about doing it,” said a constable attached to Dahisar police station on poll duty.