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Plea in Supreme Court Against the Conduct of UP Gram Panchayat Raj Elections Amid 'Exponential' Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Lawstreet Journal 21 Apr 2021 12:19am

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A petition has been moved in the Supreme Court against the order of the Allahabad High Court allowing the Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Raj Election to continue amid the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.


The petition reads, “It is relevant to state that till (April 16, 2021) State of Uttar Pradesh is everyday observing highest record-breaking single day surge in cases of the COVID cases. The surge has absolutely paralysed public life and all the medical aid systems have reached to a stage of complete saturation.” 

According to Sachin Yadav's petition, the State Election Commission has been ordering state government employees to report for preparation, which, according to the petitioner, is not being kept with proper social distancing. The petitioner requests leave to appeal, as well as a stay on the Allahabad High Court order authorizing the election to proceed and a deferral of the polls until the situation in the state returns to normal.

The petitioner further asks for the state's remaining election phases to be postponed until the State Election Commission receives advice from the State Medical Department and independent physicians that the condition is 'conducive' to finishing the remaining phases of the polls. 

The petition asserts that the recruitment and transportation of government employees would undoubtedly disperse the infection to regions that are less infected, and therefore requests that the State Election Commission take urgent action to postpone the remaining phases of the election. Furthermore, the Allahabad High Court's order was issued "without taking into account any evidence or figures or… Continue Reading...

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