Allahabad HC Asks Election Commission To Explore Possibility Of Deferring Polls In View Of Rising Omicron Cases
Prayagraj, December 23 (TNA) The Allahabad High Court (HC) on Thursday urged the Election Commission to explore possibilities of deferring the elections slated for February to a later date owing to the spike in Omicron cases.
The court also requested the poll panel to direct the political parties engaged in rallies, road shows and gatherings to avoid crowd and instead use other means like Doordarshan.
The observations regarding the spiralling Covid cases were made by Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav while hearing a bail application.
In its order (copy attached) the court said that on the day itself more than 400 cases were listed and a large number of lawyers and others were present in the court premises. There is no following of Covid protocol - use of masks, social distancing and that a third wave of the virus was impending.
The court also cited media reports that the Coronavirus was on an upswing and daily the number of fresh cases was climbing. During the panchayat elections in UP and West Bengal state assembly polls the Covid cases had spun out of control. Requesting the ECI to explore deferring of polls, the court said that if this did not happen the consequences could be more catostrophic than the second wave.