Tuesday, April 12, 2011

HC: Lawyers with indelible ink mark to be allowed to vote

Lawyers with indelible ink mark to be allowed to vote

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CHENNAI, April 11, 2011: The Election Commission (EC) on Monday told the Madras High Court that advocates who still had the indelible ink mark on their index finger after casting their votes in the recent Bar Council elections, will be allowed to vote in the Assembly elections if they produced Bar Council identity card or other identification document prescribed by the Commission.

Senior Counsel representing the EC, G. Rajagopalan, made the submission before the First Bench, comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam.

It was hearing a public interest litigation petition seeking a direction to election authorities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to allow advocates to vote in the elections on April 13 even if they had the indelible ink mark on their finger. In his petition, filed through counsel S. Namo Narayanan, O. Selvam, an advocate of Madurai, said that elections to the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry were held on March 4 and that many advocates still had the mark.

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PTI | 05:04 PM,Apr 02,2011

Chennai, Apr 2 (PTI): A plea has been filed in Madras High Court seeking a direction to EC to allow advocates, who have cast their votes in the election to Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, to exercise their franchise in the Assembly polls even if they have indelible inkmark on their index finger. The petitioner and a lawyer, contended that 33,000 advocates who have cast votes in last month's election to the Bar Council, now have the indelible ink mark. 

In such a situation, the petitioner contended, there is every likelihood that advocates who have indelible ink mark on their left index finger may not be permitted to cast their vote, on the pretext they may have already exercised their franchise in the April 13 Assembly elections. 

When the matter came up before the First Bench, comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam, S Prabakaran, counsel for petitioner, submitted that EC strives to achieve hundred per cent voting with hundred per cent participation of all eligible voters. 

While being so, if advocates are prevented from exercising their franchise in the Assembly polls, it would be a blow to the democratic process as even a few votes which could not be cast, could invariably decide or change the verdict of the votes in a wrong way, it was submitted. 

After hearing the submission, the Bench asked G Rajagopalan, senior counsel for Election Commission, to get instructions from the EC regarding the matter. The Bench posted the matter for hearing next week.

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