The Election Commission (EC) of India has raised objections to allowing Armed Forces personnel to vote from constituencies where they are posted at the time of election. Explaining that postal ballots ensure they exercise their franchise, the EC said voting from constituencies where they are posted will change electoral demography of that constituency and prevent reflection of the real will of people of that region. The EC was responding to a PIL demanding measures to ensure armed forces personnel exercise their franchise. Adducing a note containing suggestions, EC told the Bench it was conscious of its duty to make sure maximum personnel vote.
Arunachal polls on April 9 along with LS elections
Elections to the 60-memberArunachal Pradesh assembly will be held along with Lok Sabha polls on April 9, the Election Commission announced on Monday. The decision of the poll body came days after state governor Lt Gen (retd) Nirbhay Singh recommended dissolution of the state assembly on March 6. “Having considered all relevant factors, the Commission has decided that simultaneous election to the state legislative assembly for all 60 assembly constituencies of the state would be held along with the 16th Lok Sabha election,” an EC order said late this evening. The three Election Commissioners had met on Friday to discuss the issue.