Young elector invokes Section 49P, casts tendered vote

People visiting the polling station at the fag end usually return disappointed when somebody else has already cast their vote.

But a young elector, Anitha, from Giddalur was not the one to silently return home. After finding that her vote had already been cast in a polling booth in the Giddalur Assembly segment, she invoked Section 49P of The Conduct of Elections Rules, a provision popularised by Vijay-starrer film ‘Sarkar’.

The 19-year-old girl studying in a local college, after a heated argument with the presiding officer, was allowed to cast the tendered vote after she established her identity in the polling booth at Nallathanda Bazaar.

Section 49P allows a person to cast their vote on proving his or her identity when somebody else has voted. Such votes are taken into consideration if the margin of victory is less than the tendered votes.


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