Chief Electoral Officer Shri V. L. Kanta Rao said that the information about a large number of postal ballots being found in the Police Headquarters canteen was received through the media.
The investigation of the above matter was conducted by the Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh and Collector / District Election Officer, Bhopal.
In the investigation it was found that 3 polled sealed postal ballot papers were kept at the Police Homeguard headquarters canteen table on which their mail is also kept for both entry and distribution.
The ballot papers have now been given to the Returning Officer of Govindpura area.
Till date 124 postal ballots (in khaki envelopes) were provided in one lot to the ASI posted at the District Commandant Homeguard office on the basis of address instead of giving it to the concerned homeguards separately,
despite the fact that each envelope had the names of the concerned Home Guards imprinted on it and was supposed to be distributed to the concerned persons.
The Homeguard office has been negligent in keeping the postal ballots safe and providing them to the concerned homeguards promptly for which action is being taken against one ASI, one constable and one homeguard.
The Home Department has issued instructions to the District Commandant Homeguard Bhopal to send the postal ballots to the concerned Home Guards.>