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SC notice to Centre on defence men's voting right

chandigarh Updated: Feb 25, 2014 00:33 IST

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The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre and Election Commission on a plea seeking its direction to allow defence personnel to cast their vote in the constituencies where they are posted.

A bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik agreed to adjudicate on the issue on an appeal filed against the Punjab and Haryana high court's verdict dismissing the plea.

The petition, filed by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, submitted that defence personnel be allowed to cast their votes in the coming general election in the constituency they are posted.

"The present petition and questions raised therein concerned not only the armed forces personnel but also their families who are posted outside their hometowns and are currently unable to cast their votes, thereby being deprived of their right to participate in the election process of the country," it said.

Referring to the HC order dismissing the plea, the petitioner submitted that the verdict would continue to frustrate the voting rights of defence personnel since they would not be able to get themselves registered as voters in the constituencies where they were ordinarily resident due to their service tenures.

The bench, after a brief hearing, issued the notice and asked the Centre and the commission to file their response within four weeks.

At present, defence personnel need to serve for at least three years to vote from the constituency where they are posted.