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Ensure soldiers are able to vote: SC to EC

A Bench of Justices R M Lodha and N V Ramana said that the poll panel had an obligation to put in place a system where no armed forces staff posted in remote areas were debarred from their statutory right.

The Supreme Court on Friday sought an efficacious proposal from the Election Commission (EC) to ensure the armed forces personnel and their family members were able to exercise their voting rights.

A Bench of Justices R M Lodha and N V Ramana said that the poll panel had an obligation to put in place a system where no armed forces staff posted in remote areas were debarred from their statutory right.

“We find you have an obligation to ensure that no voter is denied an opportunity to vote. You have to look into convenience and conditions of all voters… the armed forces personnel are on different footing from other voters as they are posted in remote areas away from their home,” said the Bench while posting the matter for Monday.

Senior advocate Meenakshi Arore, representing EC, said the armed forces personnel could not be treated on a par with general voters but assured the poll panel would inform the court about the measures being taken for them.

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