Telangana Teachers’ Sangam files writ in HC, seeking EC direction for postal ballots.

In Hyderabad, on Tuesday, the Telangana Prantha Upadhyaya Sangam, represented by its secretary, filed a writ petition. The petition seeks a direction to the Election Commission, State Chief Electoral Officer, and the Principal Secretary (GAD) to issue postal ballots to all employees and teachers on election duty, as mandated by the Representation of People Act, 1951.

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The petitioner highlighted that approximately 3.3 lakh employees are assigned election duty, with around 1.6 lakhs opting for postal ballots to exercise their voting rights. However, a significant number of them have not received their postal ballots, leading to the denial of their right to vote.

According to the petition, an employee on election duty must apply in form 12, providing a copy of the appointment letter as proof and a photocopy of the EPIC. Despite submitting applications to the relevant Returning Officer, teachers and employees on election duty have not received their postal ballots.

On November 27, a representation was submitted to the CEO, but as of now, no action has been taken, prompting the filing of the writ petition. The respondents in the petition are the Election Commission, State Chief Electoral Officer, and the Principal Secretary (GAD). The division bench, headed by Chief Justice Alok Aradhe, is scheduled to hear the case on Wednesday.

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