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SC seeks govt’s reply on plea for common electoral rolls


New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the government on a plea seeking a direction to the Centre and the Election Commission for common electoral rolls for Parliament, assembly and local body polls to save public money and manpower, reports PTI.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud tagged the plea, filed by Delhi BJP leader Ashwani Upadhyay, with a similar petition pending before it.

The petition has also sought direction to the authorities to take steps to use ‘Totaliser’ for counting of votes.

‘Totaliser’ is a device which allows votes cast in about 14 polling booths to be counted together.

It referred to the provisions of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, under which votes in the EVMs are to be counted polling station-wise and said this led to situations where voting pattern in various localities or pockets become known to everyone.

The petitioner has also proposed that post offices be used as the nodal agency for voter registration and verification, saying it will not only overcome the issue of duplication and confusion but also save huge public money and manpower.