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Election Commission’s rule on polling agents

Date: 30 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


The Election Commission of India has decided to make changes for appointing polling agents in electoral booths across West Bengal.



Before, the polling agents were supposed to be a voter of the booth or an adjoining booth that he/she is working at.



  • The new changes state that a political party can now select a polling agent for any booth within the assembly segment he/she is a voter from. 

  • The Trinamool Congress has opposed the move and alleged biasness against Election Commission. The BJP, however, has welcomed the move.


Polling agent

  • A polling agent is a representative appointed by a political party to be present at every polling booth on the day of the elections. 

  • This is because the candidate cannot be present across all booths and these agents will keep an eye on voting process.



  • The polling agent should be aware of the rules and procedures to conduct elections using EVMs and VVPATs.

  • They will have to attend demonstrations arranged by the Returning Officer to become familiar with the functioning and operation of these machines.



  • The ruling party, TMC has alleged that BJP does not have enough strength to appoint polling agents and have been given benefit through this move.

  • The Election Commission says that because of Covid-19 protocols, it has become difficult to convince people to sit in polling booths for long time and the rules were changed to adjust.

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