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EC asks law min to make law on service voters gender-neutral

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An armyman's wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer's husband is not, according to provisions in the electoral

But this may change in the coming months as the Commission has approached the ministry to amend the Representation of the People Act to make it gender-neutral.

The poll panel has asked the ministry to replace the term 'wife' with 'spouse' in the provision in the R P Act related to service voters.

Addressing a seminar here on enrolling service voters, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said there have been demands to make the provision gender neutral.

Representatives from the Defence, the Home, and the External Affairs ministries, besides officers from the armed forces and central armed police forces were present.

Since the change entails amendments in law, the law ministry will move the union cabinet for approval. After getting the nod, the amendment bill will be taken to for approval.

Members of the armed forces, central armed police forces, personnel of state police forces posted outside their state and employees of the Centre posted outside India are eligible to be enrolled as service voters.

The wife of a service voter, if she is residing with him, is also entitled to be enrolled as a service voter in the constituency specified by that person.

But children and other relatives residing with a service voter cannot be enrolled as service voters, according to EC website.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 16:57 IST