In a first-of-its-kind, the Election Commission provided facilities to troops deployed in remote and inhospitable terrains to download their ballot papers online, vote and forward ballot papers to their respective electoral returning officers through post.
Braving severe weather conditions and undeterred by ceasefire violations, soldiers deployed at the Siachen Glacier and along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir cast their votes as service voters on Thursday, 11 April, a defence spokesperson said.
Indian Army troops deployed in #Siachen, LoC(J&K) cast their votes as Service Voters. In 1st-of-its-kind EC provided facility to troops to download their ballot papers online, vote, forward ballot papers to their respective Electoral Returning Officers through post. #PollsWithAIR pic.twitter.com/XdSm8A2Kpb
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A defence spokesperson “The Indian Army troops deployed at the Siachen Glacier and along the LoC in J-K fulfilled their duty of being responsible citizens by participating in the democratic process.”The spokesperson said the soldiers cast their votes for the parliamentary elections, exhibiting the strength of the democratic process.