On Tuesday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) banned all victory processions from taking place on or after vote counting to be held on May 2. This was decided by the Election Commission of India (ECI) because of the rise in Covid-19 pandemic cases and deaths worldwide. Issuing an order to the chief electoral officers of all states and union territories, the Election Commission of India stated that it has decided to bring out more strict rules that should be followed in vote-counting. The Election Commission of India announced that No victory processions after the vote-counting on May 2 would be permissible. In addition, not more than two persons will be allowed to accompany the winning candidate when receiving the election certificate. In a letter that Sumit Mukherjee signed, the senior public relations secretary communicated to the Election Commission of India that it had issued comprehensive guidelines on 21 August 2020 to conduct elections during the Covid-19 pandemic getting suggestions and advice from national and state-based political parties. The instructions for political parties to run election campaigns, as well as public meetings, had also been reviewed based on the suggestions received from various chief electoral officers of states and union territories, read the letter. The provisions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic for counting votes on May 2 are to be as per the comprehensive guidelines dated August 21, 2020, including the addition of the new protocols issued today. No victory procession after the counting on 2 May 2021 shall be permitted. Not more than two persons shall be allowed to accompany the winning candidate or his/her authorised representative to receive the certificate of election from the respective Returning Officer. The Election Commission of India, in its letter, put down the new protocols on the vote-counting day in detail on the prevailing Covid-19 situation. On Monday, the Madras high court had called the Election Commission singularly responsible for the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in India. Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee even went to the extent of expressing that the Election Commission officials should probably be booked on murder charges as they allowed political rallies during the Covid-19 pandemic. Coming down heavily on the Election Commission, the high court bench stated that a proper blueprint of a plan to make sure Covid-19 protocols are followed on 2 May 2021 must be submitted before it by April 30. In case of failure to do so, the court might even resort to stopping the counting of votes.
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