The choice to carry Bihar meeting polls amid the coronavirus pandemic just isn’t a “misadventure” however a leap of religion and never a leap in the dead of night, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora asserted on Friday.
Responding to a volley of questions on holding elections when the pandemic has not subsided, he mentioned, “As a commission, we don’t regard it as a dussahas (misadventure) … it is a very, very meticulously worked, from our side, exercise.”
He additionally mentioned the choice to carry the elections within the state, the place the time period of the meeting ends on November 29, is “a leap of faith and not a leap in the dark.”
Mr Arora additionally gave the instance of recently-held JEE and NEET examinations, saying 1000’s of candidates from numerous district throughout India got here out to put in writing the take a look at.
Some opposition events had urged the EC to postpone the elections in view of the pandemic.
The CEC additionally cited a latest Supreme Court statement, saying finally life has to go on.
In a associated improvement, the highest court docket on Friday refused to entertain a plea in search of to postpone the upcoming Bihar meeting elections within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah additionally refused to grant liberty to the petitioner to present illustration to the Election Commission on this regard.
“We can’t permit everybody to go to the Election Commission. We can only permit you to withdraw the petition,” the bench mentioned.
Asked whether or not the voter turnout shall be effected as a result of pandemic, Mr Arora mentioned the electors are very conscious of what they need and most will not miss out on the chance of exercising their franchise.
Responding to a query on whether or not the COVID-related pointers could be in place for future elections too, he mentioned God has not given him knowledge of astrology. He mentioned a lot would rely upon the scenario prevailing at the moment.
The CEC mentioned the choice to carry state elections in three phases was taken protecting in thoughts the COVID-related security norms and the fatigue issue of safety personnel.
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