The intervenor stated that panchayat elections were held between April 15 and 29, when the surge in Covid-19 cases were happening, and its results were declared on May 2. Thousands of UP government employees and teachers were assigned election duty.
The Court directed the State Election Commission to “produce before us the CCTV footage of the designated counting areas and centres both in the form the footage print and also Pen Drive by the next date fixed
The Supreme Court will hold a special sitting on Saturday to hear a petition regarding arrangements made by the Uttar Pradesh Government on social distancing and Covid-19 protection protocol during the counting of votes for the Panchayat elections which were held on April 29 in various villages.
The Court stated that the constitutional bar contained in Article 243 of the Constitution, it would not be appropriate or proper for the Court to entertain the petition, once the electoral process has been initiated.
The Court was hearing the SLP filed by the state of Andhra Pradesh challenging the High Court's order whereby it categorically refused to interfere in the State Election Commissioner's decision to hold Panchayat polls.