Voting during 8th phase of Parliamentary election...epa04194527 Indian women show their voting slips as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station during the 8th phase of Parliamentary election at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India, 07 May 2014. Parliamentary elections in India are being held in nine phases between 07 April and 12 May 2014. A total of 814.6 million people are eligible to vote, around 100 million more than in the elections in 2009.  EPA/SANJAY BAID
Voting during 8th phase of Parliamentary election...epa04194527 Indian women show their voting slips as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station during the 8th phase of Parliamentary election at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India, 07 May 2014. Parliamentary elections in India are being held in nine phases between 07 April and 12 May 2014. A total of 814.6 million people are eligible to vote, around 100 million more than in the elections in 2009. EPA/SANJAY BAID
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Five years after it was filed, SC dismisses plea for increasing voter turnout, mandatory voting

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court today dismissed a public interest litigation praying for directions to increase voter turnout in the country by way of mandatory voting.

A Bench presided by CJI Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justice Deepak Gupta dismissed the petition filed in 2014 by one, Satya Prakash.

The petition had prayed for directions to ensure that maximum adult citizens exercise the right to cast their votes. The petitioner had pointed out that such mandatory voting is prevalent in certain other democracies.

A Bench headed by former CJI HL Dattu had issued notice in the matter on August 25, 2014.

Subsequently, Central government had filed its reponse saying that no direction can be issued to make voting mandatory, while also calling for judicial restraint in dealing with matters falling in the legislative domain.

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