GHRC urges Election Commission of India to shift Goa Lok Sabha poll dates

Mar 07 2014, 01:48 IST
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SummaryGSHRC to Election Commission: Maundy is on April 17, hence, it would be difficult to exercise right to vote.

Goa State Human Rights Commission has written to the Election Commission of India recommending that Lok Sabha elections should not be held on April 17 in the state due to Maundy Thursday festivities on that day.

It is an important religious occasion for Catholic community and hence, it would be difficult for them to exercise their right to vote, GSHRC has said.

"It appears that April 17 is fixed as polling date for Goa that happens on Maundy Thursday, which is considered to be an important religious occasion for Catholic community who constitute substantial proportion of the state's population," according to a letter by GSHRC head Justice P K Mishra to Election Commission of India.

"It is obvious that it will be difficult for them to exercise their right to franchise and many of them would be deprived of their right to vote," the communication reads.

The GSHRC's letter stems from the media reports that were carried today.

"In such circumstances, we recommend that suitable alternate date may be fixed for polling in Goa," Justice Mishra has said.

Several quarters in the state, including Goa Vikas Party and Congress, have demanded that the dates be postponed because of the religious occasion, which is a day ahead of Good Friday.

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