One Day Special Casual Leave for Employees on Election Duty to Cast Votes

AP Govt Facilitates Voting for Election Duty Employees

G.O.Rt.No.845 Dated:04.05.2024 General Elections to Lok Sabha 2024 and APLA 2024 - Grant of one day Special casual leave to the employees on election duty to cast their vote at Voter Facilitation Centers/Postal Voting Centers
G.O.Rt.No.845 Dated:04.05.2024 General Elections to Lok Sabha 2024 and APLA 2024 – Grant of one day Special casual leave to the employees on election duty to cast their vote at Voter Facilitation Centers/Postal Voting Centers

Key Highlights

  • The Andhra Pradesh government has issued orders (G.O.Rt.No.845 dated 04.05.2024) granting one day special casual leave to employees on election duty to enable them to cast their votes through postal ballots at designated voter facilitation centers/postal voting centers.
  • This decision is in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) vide its instructions No.52/2023/SDR/ Vol.IV, dt:31.10.2023.
  • The ECI has mandated that voters on election duty must cast their votes by postal ballot at Voter Facilitation Centers (VFCs)/Postal Voting Centers (PVCs).
  • The government has directed all departments, heads of departments, district collectors, and other appropriate authorities to take necessary action to implement these orders.

Background

The Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to grant special casual leave to election duty employees comes in the wake of the upcoming General Elections to the Lok Sabha and the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 2024. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had announced the schedule for these elections vide its Press Note No.ECI/PN/23/2019, dated 10.03.2024.

Heading 2 (H2): Importance of Postal Ballots for Election Duty Employees

As per the ECI’s guidelines, voters on election duty are required to cast their votes through postal ballots at designated VFCs/PVCs. This measure ensures that individuals assigned to election duty can exercise their democratic right to vote without compromising their responsibilities.

By granting one day special casual leave, the Andhra Pradesh government aims to facilitate the voting process for election duty employees and enable them to visit the VFCs/PVCs conveniently.

Key Points (Bullet Summary)

  • One day special casual leave granted to employees on election duty in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Facilitates voting through postal ballots at Voter Facilitation Centers (VFCs)/Postal Voting Centers (PVCs).
  • Decision aligns with Election Commission of India’s guidelines for voters on election duty.
  • All departments, heads of departments, district collectors, and appropriate authorities to implement the orders.
  • Ensures employees on election duty can exercise their democratic right to vote without compromising their responsibilities.

Full Text of the G.O.Rt.No.845 Dated:04.05.2024

GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH ABSTRACT

Elections – General Elections to Lok Sabha 2024 and APLA 2024 – Grant of one day Special casual leave to the employees on election duty to cast their vote at Voter Facilitation Centers/Postal Voting Centers – Orders – Issued.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION (ELECTION-D2) DEPARTMENT

  1. From the ECI, New Delhi, Press Note No.ECI/PN/23/2019,Dated: 10.03.2024.
  2. Gazette Notification No.35 & 36 of G.A.(Elecs.D) Department, dt:18.04.2024.
  3. From ECI, instructions No.52/2023/SDR/ Vol.IV, dt:31.10.2023.
  4. Memo.No.3587/Elecs.D2/A2/2024, G.A.(Elecs.D2) Department, Dt:20.04.2024.

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ORDER:

The Election Commission of India in the reference 1st read above has announced the schedule for conduct of General Elections to Lok Sabha and A.P. Legislative Assembly, 2024.

  1. The Election Commission of India, vide reference 3rd read above, has issued detailed guidelines on postal ballot papers. As per Rule 18A – “Voters on election duty to cast his vote at facilitation center, Notwithstanding anything in this Part, a voter on election duty shall receive his postal ballot, record his vote thereon in accordance with election duty shall receive his postal ballot, record his vote thereon in accordance with this Part and return the same at the facilitation center, as specified, in writing, by the returning officer”. ECI has mandated that voters on election duty to cast their votes by postal ballot at Voter Facilitation centers(VFCs)/Postal Voting Centers(PVCs).
  2. Government after careful consideration of the instructions of the Election Commission of India, it is hereby directed that appropriate authorities shall grant one day Special Casual Leave to the employees on Election duty to enable them to cast their vote through postal ballot at Voter Facilitation Centers/Postal Voting Centers upon their request.
  3. The Departments of Secretariat/Head of Departments/District Collectors and other appropriate authorities are requested to take necessary action accordingly.

(BY ORDER IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH)

MUKESH KUMAR MEENA CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER &

E.O. PRL.SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

To

All the Departments of Secretariat, A.P., with a request to communicate to all HoDs under their Administrative control. All the Collectors & DEOs in the State.

All the Returning Officers through Collectors & DEOs. P.S. to Chief Secretary to Govt., A.P. Secretariat. Copy to:

P.S. to CEO, A.P.

SF/Sc.

This article provides an overview of the Government of Andhra Pradesh’s decision to grant one day special casual leave to employees on election duty to facilitate their voting process during the upcoming General Elections. By following the ECI’s guidelines and offering this leave, the government aims to ensure that employees can exercise their democratic right to vote without any hindrance.

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