HC strikes down postal ballot for state medical council

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Out of the five representatives elected to represent the state in the Medical Council of India, one used to be elected by postal ballot until recently. Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) and Indian Medical Association together challenged this way of electing the representative. Bombay High Court has now instructed to hold this election by method of secret ballot after January 7, 2014. The ballot boxes will be kept at district–level IMA offices.

Five people represent the state at MCI. Three are senate members of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), one is nominated by the state government and one is elected from among the 75,000 members registered with MMC. The last elections of MMC, held in 1999 and conducted through postal ballot, was nullified by the Bombay High Court due to large scale rigging, fraudulent printing of ballot papers and many other irregularities. Subsequently, the court had ordered a secret ballot.

“According to these orders, the Maharashtra elections for the state medical council were held through secret ballot in 2009. The elections were smoothly conducted and no complaints or irregularity occurred,” said MMC president Dr Kishor Taori. These irregularities had been earlier pointed out by IMA, too. (TOI)