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GHMC polls: Telangana High Court keeps SEC circular on vote counting on hold

The circular stated that ballot papers with a distinguished mark instead of a 'swastik' mark should be considered as a valid vote.

Published: 04th December 2020 10:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2020 10:51 AM   |  A+A-

Counting process of GHMC elections has started in Hyderabad on Friday. (Photo | Express)

Counting process of GHMC elections has started in Hyderabad on Friday. (Photo | Express)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: In a significant development, the Telangana High Court on Friday kept a circular issued by the State Election Commission for counting of votes of the GHMC polls in abeyance.

The circular stated that ballot papers with a distinguished mark instead of a 'swastik' mark should be considered as a valid vote.

It, however, directed the commission to go ahead with the counting of votes and permitted them to declare the result of those wards where subject ballot papers are less in number and cannot impact final results.

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On the other hand, the court also made it clear to the SEC to not declare the result of any ward where ballot papers with distinguished marks are in majority and can affect the result. 

The Court passed this order in the house motion petition moved by two BJP workers and posted the matter for Monday.



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