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Apex Court Asks Petitioner to Serve Notice to AG in Plea seeking Use of Name, Age, Qualification and Photo of Candidates in EVM instead of Party Symbol [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 22 Mar 2021 8:33pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Apex Court Asks Petitioner to Serve Notice to AG in Plea seeking Use of Name, Age, Qualification and Photo of Candidates in EVM instead of Party Symbol [READ ORDER]

The Supreme Court has on Friday, i.e. 19th March observed that it will consider the plea filed seeking directions to Election Commission to use name, age, qualification & photograph of contesting candidates on EVM instead of Symbol of Political parties. The Court has said that it will not issue a notice at this stage. The court has asked the petitioner to serve a copy to the Attorney General and stated that it will consider the plea.

“Serve a copy on the Attorney General or Solicitor General. We will consider it. We will not issue notice at this stage,” the Bench observed.

A three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian issued the direction while hearing plea against the use of political party symbols on EVMs.

Contention of the petitioner:

The plea filed by Advocate and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has sought removal of political symbol from EVMs to provide equal opportunity to contesting candidates and to weedout the 7 menaces of democracy being corruption, criminalization, casteism, communalism, regionalism, linguism and nepotism.

According to the plea, the injury caused to the public is extremely large because 'free and fair election' is the basic dictum of our democracy and 'right to vote' is an important statutory right of citizens but practically both have become a dead letter due to use of political party symbol on ballot paper and EVM, which leads to confusion among voters and result in casting of wrong votes. 

“Our democracy is suffering from seven menaces- Corruption, Criminalization, Casteism, Communalism, Lingusism, Regionalism and… Continue Reading...


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