COVID-19 not a floor to postpone Bihar polls: Supreme Court

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a PIL in search of to defer the Bihar Assembly polls resulting from COVID-19, saying the pandemic can’t be a floor for suspending elections.

“How can we ask the Election Commission of India (ECI) to not hold elections? COVID cannot be a valid ground for postponement of elections,” a Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan informed petitioner Avinash Thakur.

The Election Commission would take into account the whole lot, it stated, terming the petition “premature” as notification for the Assembly polls was but to be issued.

Thakur had sought a route to the Chief Election Commissioner to postpone the polls because of the COVID-19 pandemic on the bottom that the Representation of the People Act supplies for the deferment of polls in extraordinary conditions.

As the petitioner’s counsel stated the Representation of People Act supplies for the deferment of polls resulting from a unprecedented state of affairs, the Bench reminded him that it was for the ballot panel to determine and that the court docket can’t direct it to not conduct elections.

He tried to impress upon the Bench by arguing that human life was paramount at a time when lawmakers and customary folks alike have been struggling because of the pandemic.

But the Bench dismissed the petition, expressing its incapability to order deferment of polls even earlier than the EC has thought of the difficulty.

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