After Madras High Court rebuked EC, the Election Commission of India has become strict about the Corona Protocol in electoral programs. The commission has given an order on the assembly results of the five states coming on 2 May. It states that no procession will be taken out or celebrated during the counting of votes or after the results. After the results, any candidate can go with only two people to get their winning certificate.
The results of the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Assam and West Bengal are due on 2 May. 7 phases of elections have been held in Bengal.
Court warned to suspend counting
The Madras High Court had on Monday reprimanded the Election Commission amid Corona’s deteriorating situation. The Chief Justice of the High Court even said that the Election Commission is responsible for the second wave of Corona. He warned the Commission to make and follow the COVID Protocol for Counting Day on 2 May. If this does not happen then the court will be forced to stop the counting schedule.
A petition was filed for the Karur seat in Tamil Nadu
The Madras High Court was hearing a petition filed for counting on the Karur assembly seat in Tamil Nadu. The petition has demanded that 77 candidates are in the fray for this assembly seat, so the COVID protocol should be followed here on the day of counting on 2 May.
Comments made by High Court:
- Make sure that the COVID protocol is implemented on the day of counting.
- Counting day should not be responsible for increasing the cases of Corona due to political or non-political reasons at any cost.
- Either in a counting manner or it will be postponed.
- People’s health is the utmost priority. It bothers that the administration has to be reminded of this.
- When the citizens are alive, then only they will be able to exercise the rights which they have got in this democratic republic.
- Today’s conditions are to stay alive and keep people alive, all other things come after it.
Elections amid pandemic are under the questions
The second wave of Corona has taken a dangerous form. In such a situation, continuous questions were being raised about the crowd gathering at the election rallies. Before the 7th phase of voting in Bengal, the Election Commission had prohibited large rallies, roadshows and Marches. EC has appealed to the political parties to hold virtual meetings.