Lok Sabha Polls: Supreme Court directs EC to seek change in voting time citing Ramzan beginning Sunday


The political parties submitted pleas in the supreme court seeking the direction to prepone the start time of the voting time in Lok Sabha election for the remaining three phases citing the Ramzan season that begins this Sunday. The timing is sought to be advanced from 7am to 5 am owing the intense heat strokes.

The supreme court on Thursday asked the Election commission of India (ECI) to take into consideration the pleas and give its response in regard of the pleas submitted to advance the start time of voting.

The plea sought responses citing the heat wave conditions in Rajasthan and several of its adjoining areas that have prompted a need to start the polling early in the remaining three phases of the Lok Sabha elections on May 6, May 12, and May 19.

Supreme Court bench, headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna, heard the petition that was filed by advocate Mohammed Nizamuddin Pasha and Asad Hayat. Senior advocate Meenakshi Arora submitted her response before the bench that said that Muslim voters observing a fast may find it difficult to go out and vote due to the intense heat constitution which would result in the lower participation of the Muslim voters.

For the first four phases of elections, voting took place from 7am to 6pm. However, due to the extreme heat conditions, it was noticed that the polling slows down in pace afternoon and remains even slow in the states where summer heat os intense. Ramzan will start this Monday and will collide with the three phases of elections and thus the plea has been filed seeking the election voting time to be preponed.



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