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Voters working elsewhere entitled to holiday on poll day: EC

The Election Commission today made it clear that voters in a state going to polls will be entitled to paid holiday from their employers even if their location of employment is outside the state.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2012 20:22 IST

The Election Commission today made it clear that voters in a state going to polls will be entitled to paid holiday from their employers even if their location of employment is outside the state.

In fresh instructions issued, the Commission said even daily wage/casual workers are entitled to a holiday and wages on the poll day as provided in Section 135B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

The fresh instructions came in the wake of reports that voters working outside the state were not getting a holiday for voting in polls where they reside.

The Commission has now reiterated that Representation of People Act, 1951, requires that all establishments and shops including those which work on shift basis, shall be closed on the day of poll in the constituency where a general/bye-election is to be held.

The EC said there may be cases where a person is ordinarily a resident of the constituency and registered as an elector but may be serving/employed in an industrial undertaking or an establishment located outside the constituency having a general/bye-election.