YSRCP moves Supreme Court on postal ballots – Times of India

VIJAYAWADA: The ruling YSRCP moved Supreme Court challenging the high court order directing to exercise alternative remedy available by way of election petition regarding the apprehension on validity of postal ballots. The YSRCP argued in its petition that the high court erred in giving judgment without going into merits of the petition.
The high court on June 1 disposed the petition filed by YSRCP upholding the arguments of Election Commission of India (ECI) that courts should not interdict on any apprehension when election process is set in motion without filing an election petition first.
YSRCP contended that dilution of rules by ECI regarding validity of postal ballots considering the votes as valid without seal of the attesting officer is prejudicial to it. The high court did not consider the crucial facts of the petition and delivered orders on mere procedural grounds.
On the other hand, TDP legislator Velagapudi Ramakrishna who impleaded in the petition before the high court, filed a caveat petition before the Supreme Court. The petition filed by YSRCP is yet to be considered by the apex court.
The issue arises after the ECI issued a clarification stating that the postal ballots having the signature of attesting officer but not having seal and designation should be considered valid if such votes are casted at facilitation centres.

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