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Covid: NHRC Notice to EC and Government on “Unregulated” Election Meetings | India News


BHUBANESHWAR: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has requested an Action Taken Report (ATR) from the Chief Elections Commissioner (CEC) and the Union Secretary of the Interior on violations of Covid guidelines in the electoral process in different states and UT.
In response to a request from Odisha native human rights lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy, the top’s rights watchdog on Friday asked the authorities for a response within four weeks.
While elections for assembly elections in states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Assam ended recently, West Bengal has voted in four of its eight phases. By-elections in 14 assembly seats, along with Pipili in Odisha, are scheduled for April 17.
The petitioner pointed out that while there are night curfews as methods of containment by the government for the general public, there are no such restrictions for electoral meetings, which amounts to serious discrimination among the public and a flagrant violation of the law. right to life that guarantees all citizens of the country. India in accordance with Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.
Noting that the Union government and the states have notified to limit the number of people at funerals and marriages, there is no limit to public gatherings at election rallies in any place where elections, by-elections or local body elections are held throughout the India.
The petition called for mandatory testing of all candidates, political leaders, star activists, people and officials involved in the electoral process. He also sought the implementation of social distancing rules in letter and spirit and a comprehensive provision for voters in India during the current pandemic situation.
Tripathy pointed out that unregulated election rallies, mass protests and rallies frustrate the slogan of “Do Gaj Duri, Mask hei Zaruri” and is responsible for the increase in Corona cases in India. He alleged the failure of the Election Commission of India and the state mechanisms for the increase in cases. Claiming that precautionary measures such as tracing, tracing and vaccination remain a mirage to voters, Tripathy in his petition noted that the same amounts to a gross violation of human rights during the pandemic.
Seeking the NHRC’s intervention on the warpath, Tripathy stated that more than 40 countries in the world have delayed and postponed their national elections, while 78 countries have postponed sub-national elections due to Covid-19.

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