MCA amends CA Voting Rules: Chartered Accountants can cast votes in any nearest booth

1. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has amended the voting rules for the Chartered Accountants where the members of the election council can cast votes in any nearest booth subject to 14 days prior intimation and may cast vote at any booth in any region of India subject to 21 days prior intimation. This is a welcome step by ICAI where many CA members are working from home and residing away from the professional address.

2. In the Chartered Accountants (Election to the Council) Rules, 2006,- (i) in rule 5, for the opening portion, the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“Subject to other provisions of these rules, a member, whose name is borne on the Register on the 1st day of April of the financial year in which the election to the Council is to take place and is entitled to vote by poll, shall be permitted to cast his vote for the candidates contesting from the regional constituency to which he belongs, at any polling booth of his choice within his Regional Constituency, provided an intimation to vote at a particular booth is received by the Returning Officer at least fourteen days prior to the date of polling:”;

3. The notification further said that “provided that the Returning Officer may, on an application from a voter eligible to vote by poll seeking permission to cast his vote at a polling booth beyond his regional constituency, received at least three weeks prior to the date of polling, permit him to vote, for the candidates contesting from the regional constituency to which he belongs, at a polling booth, in the city of his choice beyond such regional constituency, if there has been a change in his professional address published in the List of Voters or he is expected to be away from his professional address on the date of polling and all necessary arrangements therefor shall be made by the Returning Officer.”

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