Only a day after the letters by the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and the BJP Gujarat Chief CR Paatil, asking for the elections for the Gandhinagar native physique to be stayed, the state election commissioner Sanjay Prasad determined to carry off the scheduled Gandhinagar Municipal Company (GMC) elections slated for April 18.
“Contemplating the representations by numerous events, organisations and searching at this time scenario of Corona havoc, the SEC considers it inappropriate to carry the elections. Lots of people from the political events and likewise the federal government will probably be uncovered to the virus if the elections are carried out. The SEC does not see it match to undermine the well being of so many individuals through the lengthy strategy of the elections,” Sanjay Prasad noticed in his order on Saturday.
“The current scenario in Gujarat and Gandhinagar Municipal Company is irregular and distinctive. The SEC believes that the elections ought to be held in a free, truthful, simply, and fearless method. The voters will not have the ability to vote in a free and fearless method within the current circumstances. Additionally, the polling will probably be loads much less in these instances. By the powers conferred to the SEC beneath rule 48 of the Election Guidelines, 1994 of the Mumbai Providential Company Act, we’re suspending the scheduled elections until the scenario improves,” Prasad mentioned within the order.
The SEC will maintain a overview of the pandemic scenario, in session with well being authorities, after a while to resolve on the destiny of the native physique elections.
A complete of seven representations had been made by the political events and non-governmental organisations. The SEC additionally took cognizance of the letters written to the Chief Justice of Gujarat Excessive Courtroom by the Congress president Amit Chavda and Gyasuddin Sheikh.
A day previous to the announcement by the SEC on March 19, the Gandhinagar Shaher Vasahat Mahamandal, a federation of capital residents had additionally requested the SEC to postpone the elections.
The Congress social gathering, the Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP), the Bahujan Samajwadi Get together (BSP), and the Gujarat Garvi Get together had requested the SEC to withhold the GMC elections.