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Monday, March 24, 2014

Interim Orders of the Supreme Court on voting rights of defence personnel

As many readers would be aware, the Supreme Court is looking into the aspect of effective voting for armed forces personnel, including voting at their places of posting.

The problem originates from the fact that the Election Commission of India by way of an order has ordained that only personnel with more than 3 years of residence at their place of posting would be permitted to register as general voters at the said place. Of course, this 3 year rule does not find basis in any statute.

The case was listed today and it seems that the Apex Court has directed in its interim directions that armed forces personnel would be allowed to be registered as voters without insisting on the 3 year clause in all those constituencies where the poll process has not yet commenced. The main petition remains pending and may be decided by a larger bench.

Readers may like to view an opinion on the subject on StratPost.

More when the Supreme Court order is made available.


PBOR said...

Congratulation all and salutes to Advocate Neela Gokhle. This is the big achievement, bigger than OROP/Rank Pay.

Anonymous said...

Dear Navdeep,

You have been time and again pointing out that it is the lower level Babudom and bureaucracy in MoD which harbors anti Army sentiments but the higher bureaucracy like secretaries etc have positive attitude.

Hovever, the committee of secretaries and the Cabinet Secretaries have given their negative recommendations in the case of Voting rights of the Services. It was the Committee of Secretaries who were responsible for putting the Services down in case of the VI Pay Commission. Has not it become very clear and obvious what these so called top people want. They can only talk well but act adversely.

Hope you carry a review of your impressions.

Anonymous said...

Dear Major Navdeep,

Highly benefitted from the articles written by you. Is it possible to meet you personally or via telephone.

CA Kanwaljit Singh Dhunna

Anonymous said...

Dear Navdeep,

There are too many defense bloggers and organisation as well wishers of Services fraternity.

I appeal to them including you to collect hard data and statics on number of possible Service Voters in each contonment as against the total strenght of the electorate and burst the bubble of " Services voters tipping equations". I am sure in the absence of hard data (electoral data is available on net) these silly arguments will weigh and persist.

Anonymous said...


Way back in 99 I wrote in a leading english magazine (The week Sep 12, 1999), that, Soldiers to be permitted to cast their vote at the place of posting.

Thomas Manimala Parathara