HC suspends SEC order counting vote marked with other than Swastik mark

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In a swift development, the Telangana High Court today set aside the orders of the Election Commission considering the votes polled without Swastik mark for counting.

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The SEC in its late night orders issued on Thursday allowed to consider the those ballot papers marked with other symbols in place of swastik mark symbol. This made the BJP to move an house motion late in the night due to which the court agreeing with the BJP’s argument suspended the orders instructing the SEC to count only those votes marked with Swastik mark. It ordered the SEC to send the information to all the polling centres across the city with immediate effect.

The SEC in its order last night issued the orders following a review meeting with the polling staff who brought to the notice of the Commissioner about some electoral staff allowing voters to use the distinguished marks instead of cross mark at some polling stations. The orders clearly stated that since it is the mistake of the electoral staff to allow the voters to use mark other than the traditional cross mark, and voter intention is clear, then such votes can be considered for counting.

However, the TPCC general secretary Niranjan said in a statement condemned the SEC order stating that since it is the mistake of the polling officers such votes cannot be considered for counting as voters might have been motivated to that extent as to whom to vote as well.

The court has posted the matter for hearing on Monday.

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