UP panchayat election results 2021: Counting of votes underway amid COVID protocols

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New Delhi: The counting of votes for Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Election 2021 commenced connected Sunday (May 2) astatine 8 AM and the archetypal electoral trends are apt to look aft immoderate time. The UP Gram Panchayat Election 2021 was held successful 4 phases crossed 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh. 

Ahead of UP Gram Panchayat Election Results, the Supreme Court refused to enactment the counting process directing the State Election Commission (SEC) that COVID guidelines should beryllium followed strictly. The SEC asked candidates and their agents that they volition not beryllium allowed to participate the counting centers unless they person tested antagonistic for COVID-19 successful the 48 hours anterior to the commencement of the counting process oregon taken some doses of the vaccine.

The Supreme Court directed that determination volition beryllium a strict curfew successful the full authorities till Tuesday greeting and nary triumph rallies volition beryllium permitted. The SC besides said that everyone entering the counting halfway has to acquisition thermal scanning. 

In a peculiar urgent proceeding connected Saturday, a seat of justices AM Khanwilkar and Hrishikesh Roy passed the bid aft taking enactment of respective notifications and assurances of the SEC that the COVID-19 protocols volition beryllium followed astatine each the 829 counting centres.

The Supreme Court's absorption came connected a plea seeking a absorption for observance of COVID-19 protocols during the counting of votes.

The apex tribunal directed that determination volition beryllium a strict curfew successful the full authorities till Tuesday greeting and nary triumph rallies volition beryllium permitted, asking the SEC to hole the work for observance of COVID-19 protocols astatine the counting centers connected gazetted officers.

The SC directed the canvass sheet to sphere the CCTV footage of the counting centers till the Allahabad High Court concludes its hearings connected the related petitions earlier it.

It besides ordered that the authorities officials, candidates, and their agents volition person to nutrient RT-PCR trial reports to amusement that they are COVID-19 antagonistic earlier entering the counting centers.

The UP Panchayat Election Results 2021 are important arsenic the assembly elections successful Uttar Pradesh volition beryllium held successful 2022. All eyes, therefore, volition beryllium connected BJP, Samajwadi Party, Mayawati’s BSP, and Congress. 

Congress person Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has slammed the Yogi authorities claiming that what is happening successful the authorities is thing little than a “crime against humanity” and blamed the authorities predetermination committee (SEC) for “playing along”.

In a bid of tweets, Priyanka Gandhi said, “These elections person been conducted successful astir 60,000 gram sabhas of UP without immoderate thought of the catastrophic onslaught of the 2nd wave.” "People are dying successful numbers far, acold supra the deceitful authoritative figures. People are dying successful homes crossed agrarian UP, and these deaths are not being counted arsenic COVID (deaths) due to the fact that radical aren’t being tested,” she added.

In a tweet, Uttar Pradesh Police said, "The 3rd signifier of Panchayat elections got conducted peacefully successful 20 districts connected 49,798 polling booths/20,727 polling centres, owed to the immense hard enactment of our Police unit and officers. We convey everyone engaged successful the process & the voters for their invaluable cooperation.” 

UP's Chief Secretary RK Tiwari held talks with teacher unions and the second withdrew a telephone to their members to boycott the counting of votes. They placed a 10-point request earlier the authorities and pursuing assurances from the second that the demands volition beryllium met, decided to instrumentality portion successful the counting process, a connection said.

In a missive dated April 29, the Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shikshak Sangh (UPPSS) addressed the main curate and the authorities predetermination commissioner and said if the counting of votes connected May 2 was not cancelled, the teachers volition boycott canvass duty.

On April 27, taking enactment of reports astir the deaths of authorities employees owed to COVID during panchayat canvass duty, the Allahabad High Court had asked the SEC wherefore enactment whitethorn not beryllium taken against it and its officials for the same.

The Panchayat Election Polling was held connected April 15 successful the archetypal phase, connected April 19 successful the second, connected April 26 successful the 3rd and connected April 29 successful the 4th phase.

Lakhs of candidates were successful the fray for implicit 7.32 lakh seats successful the gram panchayat wards, 58,176 successful the gram panchayats, 75,852 successful the kshetra panchayats, and 3,050 successful the Zila panchayats successful the statewide elections held implicit 4 phases. A full of 3.19 lakh candidates were elected unopposed, the SEC informed.

(With Agency Inputs)

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