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25th November 2013 From India, Delhi
Refer to Section 135B and Section 135B(1) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
You can also refer to People entitled to holiday on voting day, poll panel tells states | NDTV.com.
26th November 2013 From India, Kolkata
I am attaching an Extract from Page 51 of the Compendium of Instructions on Conduct of Elections – 2009; Instruction No 19. This was issued by The Election Commission for the Elections in 2009 in regard to giving a paid holiday on the day of polling.
These rules require that every registered voter should be given a paid holiday so that he / she is able to exercise his / her franchise.
It is likely that similar instructions would have been issued for the polls scheduled for Delhi for polling to be held on 4th December 2013.
27th November 2013 From India, Bangalore
Already the relevant provisions under applicable law have been shared on this site.
What is more important is to note what each State Govt notifies \'thru their gazettes/ notifications on this matter.
In Mumbai, for the past many years - the State Notification asks for a day off compulsorily for all state owned establishments.
However, for the Private Companies/Organisations what is needed is to allow it\'s employees to cast the VOTE - ADJUSTING the morning & day shift\'S TIMING - WITH NORMALLY 2 HOURS CONCESSION granted for late / early going as the case may be for casting the vote.
With a lots of \'VOTING BOOTHS\" made available with electronic voting machines : last many years I never took more than half an hour to cast my vote and report to office by normal reporting time.... as the voting starts at 8 am!
Also, some organisations insist on cheeking of \"INK MARK\" on finger to ensure allowing the time concessions !!
VASHI - NAVI MUMBAI
27th November 2013 From India, Mumbai
28th November 2013 From India, Bhopal
As per the Circular No. 78/2013/EPS(EC Guidelines for Delhi Election) below are the guidelines we need to follow:
1. Only those employees who are entitled to vote can avail paid leave on the day of poll.
2. We can make it mandatory for all the employees who would like to avail leave on account of election to submit a copy of their Voter ID Card to their superior at least a day before. In case of failure of submission of the relevant document (“Voter ID Card”) it would be considered as leave without pay.
3. It is to be noted, that the Circular is not applicable up on any voter whose absence may cause danger or substantial loss to the Company.
4. Daily wage/casual workers are also entitled for a paid holiday.
29th November 2013 From India
HOWEVER,THERE ARE MANY MANY PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS OF MUMBAI WHO GIVE 2/3 HOURS CONCESSIONS THAN AN ALTERNATIVE SUGGESTION OF WEEKLY OFF... AND THAT IS OK BY LAW TOO....
THIS IS ALSO THE REALITY.
30th November 2013 From India, Mumbai
All employees and contractual workers must be given paid holiday and are free to exercise their franchise.
30th November 2013 From India, Delhi
2nd December 2013 From India, Lucknow
I am attaching the instructions issued by the Election Commission - No 78 / 2013 / EPS dated 24 October 2013 re Paid Holiday for elections being held in State Assemblies. These are the current instructions and are quite clear regarding their intent and expectation.
Pon1965 is correct in observing that granting of a paid holiday across NCR is unlikely. However, in order to ensure that no eligible voter is deprived of his right to cast his vote, if there are voters working in NCR (outside Delhi) whose office is open and working on the 4th December, paid leave could be granted to such employees on a case to case basis, provided they are able to show proof of having cast their vote i.e., by showing the black ink mark of having cast their vote. This is not an easy task but it is an option that could be explored.
2nd December 2013 From India, Bangalore