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Defer polls till phase 1 Covid vaccination: Andhra Pradesh govt to HC

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA:  The State authorities on Tuesday urged the Andhra Pradesh  High Court to postpone the elections to native our bodies till the completion of the primary phase of Covid-19 vaccination. The State authorities on Tuesday filed an extra affidavit within the High Court, which is listening to the writ petition filed by it difficult the proceedings began by the State Election Commission (SEC) on November 17 to conduct elections to native our bodies in February 2021. The court docket had earlier refused to challenge a keep on the SEC proceedings.

In the affidavit, Principal Secretary (Panchayat Raj) Gopalakrishna Dwivedi knowledgeable the court docket that it’s not conducive to maintain the elections in February as lakhs of medical and well being workers and authorities staff can be busy with preserving, distribution and different actions associated to administering the Covid vaccine.

Government pleader C Suman stated the Covid vaccine is probably going to be administered in January-February and it’s not conducive to maintain the elections when all the authorities equipment is concerned within the job. Suman knowledgeable the court docket that for each session, the vaccine can be administered to 100 folks and there can be 5 members within the group for administering the vaccine. Suman additional knowledgeable the court docket there’s a chance of a rise in coronavirus infections throughout December to March like within the first phase and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has additionally warned the identical. 

The Centre has issued pointers concerning the administration of the vaccine. Health staff, frontline staff and folks above 50 years can be coated within the first phase, Suman instructed the court docket, including that conduct of elections at such a juncture will lead to difficulties within the vaccination programme.

Suman stated a steering committee headed by the Chief Secretary has been constituted on the State stage whereas job forces, headed by collectors, will work on the district stage. Suman stated the problems are associated to well being of the general public at massive and urged the court docket to postpone the elections. Justice DVSS Somayajulu posted the matter for additional listening to to December 18 after the SEC stated it could file a counter to the extra affidavit filed by the federal government.

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