Mayoral polls: nominated members can’t vote, says SC

Source: The post is based on the article Mayoral polls: nominated members can’t vote, says SC published in The Hindu on 14th February 2023.

What is the News?

The Supreme Court has said that the aldermen — who are nominated members of the Delhi Municipal Corporation cannot vote in the election of Delhi’s Mayor.

What are Aldermen?

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What was the case in the Supreme Court about?

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking the debarment of nominated members from voting in the mayoral elections.

The petitioner had referred to the Article 243R of the Constitution which says that “all the seats in a Municipality shall be filled by persons chosen by direct election from the territorial constituencies in the Municipal area and for this purpose, each Municipal area shall be divided into territorial constituencies to be known as wards”.

What did the Supreme Court say?

The Supreme Court said that nominated members cannot vote in the election for the post of mayor of the Municipal Corporation as the constitutional provision is very clear in this regard.

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