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Odisha State Bar Council Implements 'One Bar One Vote' Rule

16 May 2018

Bikash Shamra

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Cuttack: The Orissa State Bar Council has given directives to 166 Bar Associations affiliated to it that there will be one bar one vote system in Odisha now and all the bar association elections will be held on a single day in March from 2019.

“It has been unanimously decided that the elections will be held on a single day there and each advocate will cast a single vote though being a member of several Bar Councils in Odisha,” informed Chinmaya Mohanty, Working Secretary, Orissa State Bar Council in a press meet today.

He further informed that as per the directive of 2015 ruling of Supreme Court, the electoral list will be prepared and will be given to its respective Bar Association.

“If the elections of some bar associations are in due in 2018, the members would continue with the elected representatives till March 2019 till the next elections. The elections will be held together of all the Bar Associations either on the third Saturday or the fourth Saturday of March,” he added.

All the affiliated Bar Associations should follow the directives highlighted by the Orissa State Bar Council and if there will be any violations regarding the directive, appropriate action will be taken against the defaulters.

The Supreme Court had ordered Bar Council of India to implement one bar one vote rule after it was found that at the Supreme Court bar association, some voters had registered themselves only for casting votes.

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Chinmay Mohanty, Working Secretary, Odisha Bar Council

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