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PIL in SC for stopping inebriated voters from casting votes

A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking installation of breath analysers and other devices at polling booths to prevent people from casting votes under the influence of alcohol. The petition, which has made the Election Commission and the Centre as parties, has been filed by Kethireddy Jagadeeswar Reddy, a social activist and president of NGO Tamilnad Telugu Yuva Sakthi, Chennai and is likely to come up for hearing next week. It said that installation of such devices is imperative for conducting free and fair election and the conduct of fair poll is being hindered by the pervasive exploitation of alcoholism at the instance of political parties. It further said the distribution of alcohol as a bribe to manipulate voters is a phenomenon that has been widely reported and the judicial intervention is needed to ensure free and fair poll which is the hallmark of a democracy. Alcohol and other intoxicating substances are distributed on a large scale among voters during ...

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