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Election Commission Reiterates COVID-19 Norms,As Parties Flounting Rules With Impunity
However, the poll panel had issued these norms in August, particularly in the run-up to the Bihar assembly polls scheduled for October 28 to November 7
Election Commission Reiterates COVID-19 Norms, As Parties Flounting Rules With Impunity
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has said that the political parties have been putting candidates and the general public at the risk of coronavirus infection by not following the guidelines issued by it.
However, the poll panel had issued these norms in August, particularly in the run-up to the Bihar assembly polls scheduled for October 28 to November 7. These include larger public space, a less crowded nomination process, and stricter measures.
Whereas in a letter issued on Wednesday to the state and the national political parties, the Election Commission said instances of large crowds violating social distancing at political meets and leaders addressing gathering without wearing masks have come to its notice.
"By doing so, the political parties and candidates are not only flouting the guidelines of the Commission with impunity but exposing themselves as well as the public attending the rallies/meetings to the danger of infection during the pandemic," the letter said.
Taking a serious view of such laxity, it reiterated its earlier advice to demonstrate utmost vigil and care during electioneering.
"CEOs and the district machinery would be expected…to invoke…penal provisions against the candidates…(and) organizers responsible for such violations," the letter said.
Under provisions of the Disaster Management Act and IPC, violation of the COVID-19 guidelines could result in a jail term of up to two years.