In order to enhance participation by the recognized political parties at grass root level during preparation and revision of electoral roll, the Election Commission introduced a system of appointment of Booth Level Agent in November, 2008 on the pattern of polling agent /counting agent during polling /counting of votes. The Booth Level Agents are appointed for specific polling station areas by the recognized political parties to complement the Booth Level Officers of the respective polling stations.
Appointment of Booth Level Agent:
Every recognized political party through its President or Secretary or any other office bearer shall authorize one or more district representatives to appoint Booth Level Agents. The authorization shall be given in Form ID: BLA 1 (annexure 60 - Manual on Electoral Rolls - Document 10 - Edition 1 - October 2016) by the President/ Secretary/Authorized office bearer. The Form must be signed in ink only.
The authorized district representative of the political party will further appoint Booth Level Agent for each polling station in Form ID: BLA 2 (annexure 61 - Manual on Electoral Rolls - Document 10 - Edition 1 - October 2016). The Form must be signed, in ink only. The Booth Level Agent must be a registered elector in the relevant part of the electoral roll for which he is appointed as it is expected that the Booth Level Agent will scrutinize the entries in the draft roll during revision period and also identify entries of dead and shifted electors.
Initially, Booth Level Agents were appointed for revision of electoral roll during a particular year only, however, subsequently, the Election Commission decided that a Booth Level Agent, once appointed, will continue to function in such capacity irrespective of whether it is revision or non-revision period and his appointment as Booth Level Agent will be valid for later years also until and unless the nomination/authorization of such Booth Level Agent is expressly withdrawn by the concerned political party or such Booth Level Agent has ceased to be a registered elector of the constituency for which he has been appointed.
No Government employee or staff of local authority/PSU can act as Booth Level Agent.
One Booth Level Agent may be appointed for more than one polling station area provided the polling stations for the corresponding parts of electoral roll are located within the same polling station location. In case, due to unavoidable reasons, one Booth Level Agent is authorized to receive draft electoral roll in respect of more than one part of electoral roll, then separate authorizations in Form ID: BLA 2 should be obtained for each such part of electoral roll.
The Booth Level Agent will hand over his appointment letter in prescribed Form to Designated Officer/Booth Level Officer at the polling station location after draft publication of electoral roll. In case the concerned political party so wishes it may also issue photo Identity Cards to its Booth Level Agent with signature of the authorized representative. However, the Booth Level Agent is not required to show the ID proof other than the above authorization letter.
On production of the appointment letter by Booth Level Agent, the Designated Officer/Booth Level Officer will hand over a printed copy of the relevant part(s) of the electoral roll to him under proper acknowledgement (annexure 62 - Manual on Electoral Rolls - Document 10 - Edition 1 - October 2016). The printed copy of each part of electoral roll to be supplied to the Booth Level Agent will be the same copy of electoral roll which is required to be supplied free of cost to the concerned recognized political party under Rule 11 of Registration of Electoral Rules, 1960, as mentioned above.
In case no Booth Level Agent is appointed by a political party for a part of electoral roll, then the copy of the draft roll for that part will not be handed over to any other person by the Designated Officer/Booth Level Officer.