Election Commission Bans Victory Procession

Election Commission Bans Victory Procession

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The Election Commission of India has banned all victory processions on the day of — or even after — counting of votes (May 2) polled to the five states in the past few weeks amid a COVID-19 surge. Legislative assembly polls were scheduled in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, and Puducherry in eight phases, beginning March 27 and ending April 29.

The second wave has, meanwhile, intensified in its ferocity, making way for suggestions that the elections have turned into Covid catalysts. For the sixth straight day today, India logged over three lakh cases and 2,771 deaths, taking its overall caseload to over 1.76 crore and fatalities to 1,97,894. Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Election Commission has banned victory processions on or after counting on May 2. The order copy by the Election Commission read, “In view of the surge in COVID 19 cases throughout the country, the Commission has decided to make more stringent provision to be followed during the process of Counting.

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