Calcutta HC directs Election Commission to follow Covid-19 protocols and ensure proper sanitization ahead of the West Bengal polls

The Calcutta HC on 19th March 2021 directed the Election Commission (EC) of India to adhere to Covid-19 protocols and ensure proper sanitization at every stage of the polls. The West Bengal polls are set to start from the 27th of March and run in 5 phases till the 2nd of April, 2021.

The directions came from an order issued in a writ petition filed by Uluberia Rural Society for Care of Health & Research Development and others. The petitioners have filed the writ against the requisition done by the Election Commission of their school/college premises for election purposes.

The board examinations of West Bengal are scheduled for the 4th of May, 2021 and the petitioner requires the area of premises sought by the EC for the examination and thus the petition was filed.

The HC ordered EC not to take the further areas of the premises of the petitioners. The HC also directed the writ petitioners and the Officers under the Election Commission to treat this as a modality to carry forward the issues in a mode that will be for resolution, rather than for adversarial adjudication.

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“We are sure that this will be achieved with the active cooperation, advice, and assistance of the learned Senior Advocates and other Advocates appearing for the parties on either side”, the HC added.

Story by Harshwardhan Pawar – Intern

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