It is brought to the knowledge of all members eligible to vote that the Central Government has notified the amendments made in the Chartered Accountants (Election to the Council) Rules, 2006 in the Gazette of India vide Notification No. GSR 796E dated 23rd August, 2018. One of the amendments so made provide for recording of preference on ballot paper only in Arabic numerical numbers, i.e. 1, 2 and so on. Other modes of recording preferences on ballot paper, such as in Roman numerals or in words (like I, II, III or ONE, TWO, THREE) have been discontinued. In view of the same, members eligible to vote are requested to please place on the ballot paper the number 1 (in Arabic numeral only) in the box opposite the name of the candidate for whom they desire to vote.
Members may, in addition, place the number 2 or the numbers 2 and 3 or the numbers 2, 3 and 4 and so on (in Arabic numeral only), in the boxes opposite the names of other candidates in the order of their preference up to the maximum number of candidates standing for the election. However, a cross, i.e. ‘X’ mark may be put in the boxes opposite the name(s) of candidate(s) to whom they do not desire to vote. Some illustrations of invalid marking of preferences on ballot paper are given below for the information of the members so that marking of preference in any manner, other than permissible manner, is avoided.