A day after Madras High Court rebuked Election Commission of India (ECI) over it failure in preventing the covid19 spread by allowing election rallies and among other events, the EC today banned all victory processions on the day of or even after counting of votes (May 2).
Legislative Assembly polls were scheduled in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, and Puducherry in eight phases, beginning March 27 and ending April 29. The results of the elections were scheduled to be announced on May 2.
"Not more than two persons shall be allowed to accompany the winning candidate or his/her authorised representative receive the certificate of election from the Returning Officer concerned," an Election Commission notification said today.
Meanwhile, Madras High Court on Monday said that the ECI officials should be booked for murder charges for its failure in preventing political parties from breaching Covid-19 protocol. Besides, for the sixth straight day today, India logged over three lakh cases and 2,771 deaths, taking its overall caseload to over 1.76 crore and fatalities to 1,97,894.