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Consider allowing pregnant women to vote by postal ballot: High Court











Leader Online Desk : The Telangana High Court has recently directed the Central Election Commission to consider allowing pregnant women to vote by post. Bar and Bench reported that the Public Interest Litigation filed in this case was settled by Chief Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice R Raghunandan Rao of the Telangana High Court.

What was the petitioner's demand?

Under Section 60 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the Central Election Commission is empowered to notify any class as eligible to vote by postal ballot. Senior citizens above 85 years of age are allowed to vote by postal ballot. The Central Election Commission should make a similar provision for pregnant women. The petitioner demanded that they should also be allowed to exercise their right to vote through postal ballot.

The relevant petition should be viewed as a representation

The petition was heard before a bench of Telangana High Court Chief Justice Dheeraj Singh Thakur and Justice R Raghunandan Rao. The relevant petition should be viewed as a representation. The bench disposed of the petition, suggesting that the Election Commission should consider allowing pregnant women to vote by post.

'Election Commission will consider for future elections'

During the hearing, the lawyers of the Election Commission explained that, “At present, the Lok Sabha elections are going on across the country. The Election Commission will consider the matter raised by the petitioner for future elections.”

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