The Baroda Bar Association (BBA) elections, to be held on Thursday, will allow voters to exercise their right of “None of the Above” (NOTA).
The advocate for the BBA election officer, Atul Mistry, informed a civil court, which was hearing a petition challenging the elections without NOTA option on the ballot papers, that the association would put up a board informing voters to keep ballot papers blank in case of NOTA.
On Wednesday, a civil court in Vadodara rejected the contention of the defendants that the suit filed by Advocate Mahesh Thakar’s challenging Thursday’s Bar Association election was not maintainable as the Association was unregistered.
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Later, arguing before the court, Thakar urged for an injunction directing the BBA to follow the Supreme Court order of 2013 that makes NOTA a fundamental right of the voters in India. Thakar, in his petition, said that advocates are officers of the courts as per the Advocates Act under which licence of practice is given, law declared by the SC shall be binding on all courts within India.
The defendants: BBA, Chief Election Officer (BBA) Atul Mistry, in-charge president Niramay Parikh and immediate past president Nalin Patel filed their replies before the civil court through advocates.