According to sources On Saturday, Chief Election Commissioner(CEC) Sushil Chandra will hold a series of virtual meetings with the health authorities including the Union Health Secretary, Chief Secretary, and Chief Electoral Officers of all the poll-bound states. Prior to the decision to be announced on holding poll rallies and road sources.
In addition, The ECI had also announced that Physical rallies, roadshows, Padyatra, Motor rallies, and procession will not be permitted till Jan 15, 2022, until further orders.
Earlier this month, The Election Commission Of India had announced the commencement of the Vidhan Sabha elections. Beginning from February 2022 in 5 Poll-Bound states. Which will be in 7 phases. In the first phase, Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls on February 10. in the third phase U.P, Punjab, Uttarkhand, Goa will go for polls on 14 Feb. In the Both 3rd and 4th and 7th phases, again Uttar Pradesh will go for the polls.
Chief Election Commissioner holds meetings with Health authorities of 5 Poll-Bound States-
In the meantime, CEC Chandra will take feedback from the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan who will further brief the overall episode of the COVID situation and measures undertaken to combat the Infection. The Health Ministry issued instructions to all Poll-Bound states to combat the current situation of COVID-19 cases
Following the discussion with Rajesh Bhushan. CEC Chandra will meet with the Health Secretaries and Chief Secretaries of all 5 Poll-Bound states. In the end, he will meet the Chief Electoral officers of U.P, Uttarkhand, Punjab, Manipur, and Goa.
A decision call on holding rallies and political gatherings after January 15. Depending on the dynamic conditions of the COVID’s third wave driven by Omicron strain. Earlier on Jan 8, he added they expanded that the duration of polling will be by an hour in the midst of COVID restrictions.
In the meantime, Yesterday The commission held a briefing for observers. For the Upcoming Vidhanshaba Elections of the 5 Poll-Bound states stated ECI. Over 1,400 officials attended the sessions in a remotely
India’s registers 2,68,833 fresh cases of COVID on Saturday-
Meanwhile, India recorded 2,68,833 fresh COVID infections in the span of 24 hours taking the tally of Active caseload in the country to 14,17,820 the highest in 223 days comprising 3.85% of the total infections. In the meantime, The daily positivity rate in the country retained to rise on daily basis. As of Saturday India’s positivity rate shot up to 16.66% slightly higher than the preceding day’s count of (14.78%). Stated Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.