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In a first, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) is gearing up to hold its annual elections through a virtual platform owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Election Committee of the SCBA has suggested that if polls are to be held in January 2021, then it should be held virtually using NSDL platform.
The annuals polls elect the office bearers of the Executive Committee of the SCBA which governs the apex court Bar.
The Election Committee at its meeting, considered the following for options to hold the elections.
(i) A physical election
(ii)An election in both modes, namely physical and virtual will be made available to the voters as per their preference.
(iii) The entire election be held virtually using a platform like NSDL.
(iv) The entire election be held virtually on NSDL but with a limited number of computers being made available in the Supreme Court premises for the convenience of those who may not have access of computer/phone.
The options involving physical voting were discarded taking into account the fact that the process of counting physical votes require a large number of volunteers and agents of candidates and such arrangement also cannot be made safely during the pandemic.
The option of providing limited number of computers for the convenience of those who do not have access to phones and computers, was also rejected for the reason that it would require physical presence of voters at the Supreme Court besides support staff.
It eventually opted for the third taking into the COVID-19 situation.
"As far as the third option is concerned, the Committee has inter-acted with NSDL and has found that it offers a fool-proof method of holding the election virtually in a completely safe manner," the Election Committee said.
The schedule for holding elections will be decided after the draft voters list is prepared.