RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOOTH LEVEL OFFICERS (BLO)
The Election Commission of India vide 23/BLO/2006-PS-II
dated 09.08.2006 has decided to have one Booth Level Officer to
verify, scrutinize the voters' list of each polling station in
the country, with the specific objective of ensuring purity of
rolls for a free and fair election. A BLO will function as a
custodian of the Electoral Roll of the part (Polling Booth)
assigned to him/her and make a thorough study of the Electoral
Roll, make frequent field visits, interact with local people
particularly elders and local representatives towards ensuring a
healthy and correct Electoral Roll .
The State of Kerala has at present 21932 polling stations
and there is one BLO in each of these Polling Stations. Now that
the duties and responsibilities of the BLOs are diversified, it
has been decided that all the Polling Stations should have BLOs
who are willing to undertake responsibilities entrusted in
respect of electoral roll maintenance and other election relation
works, as directed by the Election Commission of India. The work
of a BLO will be in addition to the regular duties of the
1.He/She should be a resident of the locality and a voter
of the particular booth to which he/she is to be engaged as a
2.He/She must be an employee of any Government Department,
PSUs , LSGIs
3.He/She can be an Anganwadi Worker, Postman or a retired
4.He/She should work in the same district as that of the
1.He/She should not be an employee of the Financial/Banking
Institutions/Courts of Law.
2.He/She should not be a member of the forces like Police,
Excise/Fire force who is bound to wear uniforms.
3.He/She should not be a member/worker/having any
allegiance to any political party in the state.
4.He/She should not be an operating staff of the Kerala
State Road Transport Corporation.
5. He/She should not be an office bearer of any service
Any one appointed as a BLO is eligible for an honorarium of
Rs. 6000/ per year and a phone allowance of Rs. 100/month.
He/she is also eligible for a payment of Rs. 4/per
verification report submitted by him/her.
He/she is eligible for a payment of Rs. 100/- per meeting
convened by election officials.