Chennai: The Election commission on Monday said
lawyers who voted in the recent Bar Council election in Tamil
Nadu and Puducherry and still have indelible ink mark would be
allowed to vote in the April 13 Assembly poll if they produced
the Council Identity card or other documents prescribed by EC.
Senior EC counsel G Rajagopalan submitted this before the
first bench, comprising Chief Justice MY Iqbal and Justice TS Sivagnanam when the petition filed by an advocate came up
today, following which the court disposed off the matter.
Advocate O Selvam had filed the petition, seeking a
direction to the EC to instruct presiding officers of all
polling booths in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry to permit
advocates to cast their votes in April 13 assembly polls.
The petitioner had sought a right to vote for the coming
assembly polls even if they have the council`s indelible ink
mark in their index fingers.
The bench while disposing the matter said "it is needless
to say that the person concerned must show some documents to
the effect that he is an advocate".