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Postponing elections not court’s job: Uttarakhand High Court refuses to defer State Assembly elections

The High Court was hearing a bunch of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions concerned with the State’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

An application was moved by advocate Shiv Bhatt in these PILs seeking postponement of elections in view of surge in COVID-19. The Court had issued notice to the Election Commission on the plea on December 29, 2021.

The application stated that the new Omicron variant is spreading 300% faster than any other variant of Covid and therefore, to protect the lives of people it is necessary that large gatherings like election rallies be avoided.

“The Assembly Elections in the State of Uttarakhand is going to be scheduled in the month of February-March, 2022 and for which as on date there are enormous ‘Election Rallies’ being held by all the Political Parties. It is pertinent to state here that in the above election rallies of the political parties neither the social distancing was followed nor people have worn Mask. The photographs and the videos are available on ‘YouTube’,” the application said.

Source: Barandbench

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