While political parties and candidates are busy campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, the postal department is gearing up to help voters who will not be able to exercise their rights on polling day.

The department has appointed facilitation and liaison officers in nearly 30 post offices in Chennai city region to help people cast their votes through postal ballots on April 24.

Several government staff members, including tahsildars and deputy tahsildars on duty on polling day, and defence personnel, may not be able to cast their votes.

As part of efforts to help them exercise their voting rights, the department is coordinating with the district election office to issue and receive the ballots.

Officials of the department said postmasters in designated post offices such as T. Nagar and Tiruvallur would act as facilitation officers.

Mervin Alexander, postmaster-general, Chennai city region, said postal ballots with an envelope will be issued to voters from April 10.

“We will receive the ballots till May 16 and may deliver it directly to counting centres on the last few days before counting of votes,” he said.

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