The judge gave this interim order after hearing a plea by Sunitha, an independent candidate from Ghansi Bazar ward. Her counsel Anjali Agarwal said the candidate has persons all over the ward and she should be able to deploy them as polling agents in her ward.
On the other hand, GHMC and election commission officials had contended that it would become easy for the polling agents to identify voters in a polling station if they happen to be voters of that particular polling station. The judge said that if the candidate finds it difficult to find a person from the purview of a polling station, he or she should be able to deploy one from other polling stations located within the same ward.
Another contesting candidate Charakula Sugandha Pushpa from Langar Houz too was given permission by the court to appoint persons from her ward as polling agents in various polling stations in the ward. They should be voters of that ward and they need not be voters from the polling station they were sent to work with. The judge, however, said the court orders were applicable to petitioners only.