It is not possible for a candidate to be physically present at every polling station on the day of voting in her constituency. Therefore, the law allows her or her election agent to appoint a polling agent to act as her representative at every polling station to watch her interests. The work of polling agents includes ensuring that EVMs and VVPATs are in order, detecting and preventing impersonation of voters, and helping to secure and seal the EVMs, VVPATs and election records after polling is over. Those holding government positions and those who have been given security cover at the state’s expense, including Ministers, are not allowed to be polling agents.
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