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SC says secrecy of vote a must in any election

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 24, Jul 2021
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Context: Case hearing related to Use of violence to snatch the voters slips and to cast bogus voting in an election in Bihar in 1989

Supreme Court observations

  • In any election, be it to Parliament or State legislature, the maintenance of secrecy of voting is “a must” to ensure that a voter casts his vote without any fear or being victimised if his vote is disclosed
  • Democracy and free elections were a part of the Basic Structure of the Constitution
  • Secrecy is a part of the fundamental right of freedom of expression.
  • The confidentiality of choice strengthened democracy