1619854627 SC refuses to stay counting of votes for UP panchayat
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hNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to remain the counting of votes for panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh.
The apex courtroom additionally mentioned no victory rallies shall be permitted in the course of the counting, starting on Sunday, or after the method is over.
The State Election Commission (SEC) will fasten duty on gazetted officers for the observance of Covid-19 protocols at counting centres. Only authorised candidates or brokers will go to counting centre, the apex courtroom ordered.
A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Hrishikesh Roy requested the UP authorities whether or not it may establish a joint secretary degree officer for every of the 800-odd counting centres to be made chargeable for strict observance of Covid precaution protocol, which now consists of necessary antigen check.
UP authorities advised SC that it’s going to prolong curfew past Tuesday within the state if counting in Panchayat ballot, which begins on May 2, rolls past morning of Tuesday until which era the already introduced curfew can be in pressure.
It additionally directed the state SEC to protect CCTV footage of the counting centres in states until the Allahabad excessive courtroom concludes listening to the pleas earlier than it.
Candidates and their representatives should move speedy antigen check in addition to thermal scanning and oximeter exams to be eligible to enter the counting centre, the courtroom mentioned.

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