State Election Commission postpones Bengal civic elections in view of Covid-19

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The West Bengal Election Commission on Saturday postponed the elections to four municipal corporations by three weeks till February 12 in view of rising COVID-19 cases. According to a notification issued by the SEC, the elections to Siliguri Municipal Corporation, Chandranagar Municipal Corporation, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation and Asansol Municipal Corporation will now be held on February 12 instead of January 22.

According to The Indian Express, state government sources said on Saturday that they had also requested the WBSEC to postpone the elections in view of the Covid-19 crisis.

On Friday, a Calcutta High Court bench of Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Ajay Kumar Mukherjee had earlier said, “We dispose of the present petition with a direction to the State Election Commission to examine the speed with which the cases of COVID-19 are increasing.” Consider it and also keep this issue in mind whether it will be in public interest to hold elections in such a situation and if free and fair elections will be possible on the fixed dates and the dates of elections to the said four municipal corporations will be kept within 4 to 6 weeks. Will take a decision regarding postponement for short term.”


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