The Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday determined to postpone the elections to the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation, scheduled to be held on April 18, because of the rise in COVID-19 circumstances, an official assertion stated.
The elections are postponed for an indefinite interval following a request made by the primary political events together with the BJP, the Congress and the AAP, and lots of social teams, it stated.
“Taking in view the grave situation caused by the pandemic, to maintain public health and to ensure that voting is done in a free and fair environment, the State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to postpone this election till further orders,” the SEC stated.
As per the sooner programme, the elections have been scheduled to be held on April 18 and the counting of votes was to be taken up on April 20.
Candidates had additionally filed their nomination papers. “We had received representations from all the political parties to postpone the elections,” it stated, including that different teams like NGOs and citizen organisations had additionally opposed holding elections right now.
“We had held a detailed review meeting in which we realised that a large number of people have been infected by the virus in this urban area and many people are living in containment zones. All those people and many others will not be able to vote freely due to the fear of the pandemic,” it stated.
The SEC additional stated it had reviewed the authorized features of the choice and gone via many judgements of courts in such issues.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had on Friday urged the SEC to postpone the Gandhinagar civic polls.
In a letter to the SEC, Mr Rupani had stated that it is pure that political leaders and their supporters would collect in giant numbers for ballot campaigning.
“Moreover, a large number of government employees would also be engaged in the election-related work. In such a scenario, it is very much possible that COVID-19 infection would spread further. Thus, I urge the SEC to consider these factors and postpone the election to GMC in a larger public interest,” the Chief Minister had said.
Gujarat’s total caseload stood at 3,37,015 and the dying depend at 4,697 as on April 9, as per the state well being division.