Sources told Republic TV that the Election Commission of India is closely monitoring the vaccination status of poll-bound states in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Election Commission of India is closely monitoring the vaccination status of the poll-bound states, sources told Republic TV, amid concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases. According to sources, the ECI has already written to the Chief Secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Manipur, requesting that the first and second dose vaccinations be accelerated so that all eligible citizens in their states are fully inoculated as soon as possible. It also expressed concern about the low rate of first-dose vaccination in Manipur, according to reports.
A total of 84,86,38,160 citizens have been immunised, with 60,98,46,607 of them receiving the second dose as well. Sputnik V, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D, Corbevax, and Covovax have all been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India, in addition to Covishield and Covaxin. From January 10, healthcare and frontline workers, as well as people over 60 with co-morbidities, will be given a precaution dose of the vaccine in an effort to strengthen India’s fight against vaccination.
ECI writes to the chief secretaries of five poll-bound states, urging them to ‘accelerate’ COVID vaccination and expressing concern about Manipur’s low first-dose inoculation rate: Sources
The EC has yet to clarify election dates.
Sushil Chandra, the Chief Election Commissioner, said on December 30 that the ECI would consider the Allahabad High Court’s order before announcing the dates for the Uttar Pradesh elections. The HC had asked the ECi to halt all rallies and postpone the UP elections for a few months due to the COVID-19 crisis in an order dated December 23. While he refused to say whether the election would be postponed, he did say that all parties wanted the polls to be held on time.
CEC Sushil Chandra, commenting on the possibility of postponing elections, said, “The Commission on Elections will carry out its constitutional mandate. We will consider all factors, whether it is the growing number of COVID-19 cases or the massive rallies. Only then will the elections be announced.”
The Union Health Ministry blamed the ECI on the non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines during political rallies on the same day. Dr. VK Paul of the NITI Aayog stated, “I’ve explained to you, and (Health Ministry Joint Secretary) Lav Agarwal has explained the framework of our responsibilities and expectations from all of us in order to ensure the suppression of the chain of transmission and protection. As we previously stated, it is up to the Honourable Election Commission to address the specific issue of elections (decide). The Honourable Election Commission is in charge of it. And this isn’t the place to discuss such matters right now “..