Telangana HC suspends SEC circular to consider ballot papers with distinguished marks

High Court on Friday ordered suspending SEC circular to consider ballot papers with distinguished marks as valid votes instead of the swastika mark.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  4 Dec 2020 6:57 AM GMT
Telangana HC suspends SEC circular to consider ballot papers with distinguished marks

Telangana High Court on Friday ordered suspending State Election Commission (SEC) circular to consider ballot papers with distinguished marks as valid votes instead of the swastika mark.

The court however directed the SEC to proceed with the counting of votes and declared the result of those divisions if the mentioned ballots are not in a significant number among the total votes in the particular division.

The court also made it clear to the SEC not to declare the result of such wards if the ballots with distinguished mark are in majority and impacting the result.

The High Court issued the orders while hearing a house motion petition moved by BJP workers.

Meanwhile, the SEC has also decided to move the high court seeking to review the orders. It was learnt that the SEC is likely to inform the court that the SEC is a constitutional body and the court cannot interfere in its matters.

The SEC on Thursday night issued a circular stating that "the vote cannot be rejected merely on the ground that the mark indicating the vote is indistinct or made more than once, if the intention that the vote shall be for a particular candidate clearly appears from the way the paper is marked".

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