There are 2,622 service voters in Villupuram district, who are enrolled in the Army, Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force and other Central security forces.

To facilitate them to cast their votes in their respective constituencies, postal ballots have been sent to their headquarters by registered posts, according to Collector R. Palanisamy.

In a statement here on Saturday, Mr. Palanisamy said it was pertinent to note that of the 2,622 service voters in the district, as many as 1,200 hail from Thirukkoilur. He noted that the Election Commission had given its guidelines that within 48 hours of the finalisation of the candidates' lists, the postal ballots should be prepared and within 74 hours these should be despatched to the service voters.

These regulations were fully complied with and the postal ballots taken from the Collectorate to the head post office by officials were accompanied by armed guards. Mr. Palanisamy also said postal ballot facility would also be provided to all polling officials.

The polling officials would have to hand over the filled in Form-12, along with photo copies of the orders mentioning the Assembly constituency to which they are posted, to the respective taluk offices before 5 p.m. on April 5.

The forms submitted beyond the stipulated time would be entertained, Mr. Palanisamy said.

The postal ballots would be handed over to the polling officials on April 8 and these could be submitted till 8 a.m. on May 13, the day of counting of all votes, the Collector added.

The ballots will be handed over to the polling officials on April 8