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Well being secretary to temporary Election Fee on Omicron surge as 5 states get ready for polls

By way of PTI

Because the Election Fee prepares for meeting polls in 5 states early subsequent 12 months, its best brass is slated to engage with Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday.

The fee is prone to search updates from Bhushan at the COVID-19 state of affairs and the emergence of Omicron, the brand new coronavirus variant, assets stated on Sunday.

The phrases of Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur legislative assemblies are finishing on other dates in March subsequent 12 months whilst the meeting’s time period in Uttar Pradesh will lead to Would possibly.

The Election Fee (EC) is predicted to announce election dates subsequent month.

The fee may additionally search ideas from Bhushan on making improvements to its COVID-19 protocol for ballot campaigning, polling days and the dates of counting.

On Tuesday, the manager election commissioner (CEC) and fellow election commissioners are scheduled to consult with Uttar Pradesh to take inventory of the ballot preparedness within the state.

An Allahabad Prime Court docket bench of Justice Shekhar Yadav had on Thursday steered the federal government and the ballot panel to believe suspending the Uttar Pradesh meeting elections for a month or two and banning all political rallies amid fears of an imminent 3rd wave of COVID-19.

When requested concerning the remark, CEC Sushil Chandra had stated in Dehradun on Friday that the EC will likely be visiting Uttar Pradesh subsequent week and “a suitable determination as required via the location will likely be taken when we assessment it”.

The fee has already visited Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand as a part of its pre-poll stock-taking workout.

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