Ensure free polls: HC to UP Election Commission

Allahabab HC directed the State Election Commission to ensure free and fair elections of Block Pramukhs in Uttar Pradesh.

Lucknow: The Allahabab High Court on Tuesday
directed the State Election Commission to ensure free and fair
elections of Block Pramukhs in Uttar Pradesh.

The Lucknow Bench of the Court directed the Commission
to appoint observers and deploy para-military or PAC personnel
at booths to ensure fair polling.

Local police should not be deployed for poll duty, a
Division Bench comprising Justice Virendra Kumar Dixit and
Devi Prasad Singh said.

The Court gave the directions on a writ petition filed
by one Akhilesh Kumar.

The petitioner alleged elected members of the Block
Development Committee had been "detained" by a local MLA in
Hardoi district to influence voting in favour of one Ram Das.

The Bench directed an observer should be sent to Hardoi
to meet all the members and submit his report to the Court.

In view of similar allegations raised in other writ
petitions, the Court issued directions that no local police
should be deployed at polling booths.

The Bench directed the Election Commission to ensure
that the electorate cast their votes freely sans pressure from
anyone.

It directed the state DGP, SSPs and DMs to provide
necessary help to the Commission and the observers appointed
by it.

PTI

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