Officials laud the services of NSS volunteers and engineering college students in general elections

About 3,000 NSS volunteers and 2,000 students, who were drafted for poll duty,

used postal ballot in Krishna district. For the first time, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has accorded permission to students for using postal ballot.

Following the instructions from the ECI, the district officials used the services of 3,800 NSS volunteers and 3,500 students for webcasting of polling from various engineering colleges.

The district officials wrote to the ECI seeking permission to permit the NSS volunteers and the students to vote through postal ballot.

Police and the district election officials gave a T-shirt, paid Rs. 350 per each volunteer, besides providing breakfast and lunch for them. The Police Department also presented certificates to all the participants.

Speaking to The Hindu on Monday, Krishna district Superintendent of Police J. Prabhakara Rao said the police awarded certificates for all NSS volunteers who extended services in the general elections.

“For the first time the ECI gave permission for NSS volunteers for using postal ballot, apart from polling staff. The volunteers and the webcasting technicians helped the officials a lot,” said Mr. Rao.

Lauding the services of the students, city Police Commissioner B. Srinivasulu said that certificates would be awarded for all the volunteers in Vijayawada soon.

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