SC verdict on Secrecy of ballot

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  • June 22, 2020
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SC verdict on Secrecy of ballot

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – Polity and Governance; Elections

In News:

In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court held that –

  • Secrecy of ballot is the cornerstone of free and fair elections.
  • The principle of secrecy of ballots is an important postulate of constitutional democracy.

Do you know?

  • ‘Secret Ballot’ refers to the process of casting of a vote by a voter in such a way that no one comes to know in whose name the voted is casted except by the voter.
  • Section 94 of the Representation of the People Act upholds the privilege of the voter to maintain confidentiality about her choice of vote.

For more information, read – Enhance Voter Secrecy- Use of ‘Totaliser’ machines

Think! – How is secrecy of ballot related to free and fair election? Discuss.

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