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Petition in Supreme Court for voting facilities of armed forces personnel

Supreme Court of India is all set to hear the petition filed by Advocate Neela Gokhale

With general elections months away, the top court of the country will hear a petition seeking an effective mechanism to ensure the implementation of voting rights for soldiers of the Indian armed forces.

It was said that about 1.3 lakh men and officers of the tri services often remain unable to vote in the election.
It is due to the fact that they are posted in remote and inaccessible areas of the country.

The Supreme Court of India is all set to hear the petition filed by Advocate Neela Gokhale.

The petition cites that the presently followed postal ballot process deprives the armed forces personnel and their adult family members from casting their votes in the general elections of the country.

It may be noted that presently, the armed forces personnel register their votes through postal ballot system or proxy voting method.

It has been prayed in the petition that the troopers may be conferred the right to be registered as voters in the constituency, where they are serving /posted at the relevant time.

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