Government doctors have made an appeal that they should be provided postal ballots for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, as they would be serving in the field away from their home constituency.

The Doctors' Association for Social Equality (DASE), Chennai, appealed that in the absence of such a measure, the doctors who were on compulsory duty on the polling day as per government orders, including those were required to staff mobile clinics, would be unable to discharge their democratic duty of casting vote.

The District Collectors had issued orders on advice from the Election Commission, requiring doctors to be on duty, and prohibiting them from taking leave. The statement from DASE was issued by Dr. G.R.Ravindranath, General Secretary.