New Delhi: Considering inputs of victory celebrations at some places throughout counting of votes for 822 Assembly seats in 4 states and one Union Territory, the Election Commission on Sunday directed heads of political events to ban these celebrations.
The ballot panel’s order got here after it discovered about such celebrations by the followers of some political events in some states regardless of the fee’s two orders issued final month and one on Sunday to ban such actions to keep away from Covid unfold.
The fee directed that “urgent action by heads of political parties” must be taken to ban victory celebrations throughout or after counting of votes which started at eight a.m. on Sunday in Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry. The election was concluded in these areas final month.
“It has been brought to the notice of the commission that even after the directions already issued to ban victory celebrations during counting day until the period of MCC (Model Code of Conduct), at some locations in some states, the victory celebrations are being carried out today (Sunday) by the party workers in contravention of the commission’s direction dated April 27, 2021, April 28, 2021 and May 1, 2021 wherein such kind of gatherings are prohibited,” the EC mentioned in a letter.
The fee has expressed its “displeasure on the failure of certain parties to abide by the extant instructions or guidelines”.
In view of the state of affairs, the fee mentioned, it’s “utmost necessary that you direct or guide your party representatives or followers with strictness to stop them to celebrate and show restraint in these challenging times and ask them to behave strictly in accordance with the ECI’s instructions and extant instructions on Covid issued by NDMA or SDMA”.
The fee earlier directed Chief Secretaries and Director General of Police in all of the 5 states and UT to take penal actions together with FIR in opposition to the violation in all such circumstances below the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and different related legal guidelines.
The Election Commission on April 27 had banned all victory processions after counting of votes in states the place meeting polls had been held to test the unfold of coronavirus.
In view of the surge in Covid-19 circumstances all through the nation, the fee has determined to make extra stringent provision to be adopted throughout the means of counting, warning “no victory procession after the counting on May 2 shall be permissible”.
It additionally mentioned that “Not more than two persons shall be allowed to accompany the winning candidate or his/her authorised representative receive the certificate of election from the returning officer concerned.”
The choice to ban victory processions got here a day after the Madras High Court got here down closely on the ballot panel for failing to implement Covid tips throughout campaigning.