New Delhi (IL News Service): The Supreme Court tomorrow will hear a plea filed by Ajay Kumar seeking directions to the Election Commission of India to postpone the General Elections for Bihar Assembly in the wake of COVID-19 Pandemic.
A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy & M. R. Shah will hear the plea tomorrow.
The Election Commission has recently issued a statement to conduct the elections of Bihar Assembly as per scheduled time. It is submitted by petitioner that due to Covid 19 pandemic the elections of General Assembly can not be held smoothly. It is well known that right from the notification of the elections till the result of the election the interaction of person will be unavoidable.
However, as per the guidelines of WHO the interaction should be avoided, so the holding of elections in current scenario can be dangerous. Therefore, the State of Bihar has already experienced the violence in past during campaigning, it is not the matter of one or two days it involves a month. The conducting of virtual election can be unfair and unjust for people who are admitted in the Hospitals, home quarantined and in containment zone. As we already know the State of Bihar is still under developed state and literacy rate of Bihar is very low and large number of people don’t have access to smart phones and internet connections, said the petitioner.
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The petitioner pleaded to hold the election of Bihar Assembly till the situation becomes normal or pass such an order that may deem to be fit.
-India Legal Bureau