Meanwhile, the National Academic Federation and Uttar Pradesh Teachers Federation have announced a boycott of the counting of votes. National Academic Federation spokesperson Virendra Mishra said on Saturday that the counting of votes has been boycotted by our organization because there is life if there is life.
Officers taking stock of counting preparations in Lucknow
The counting of votes for the three-tier panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh, which took place in four phases, will begin on Sunday. For this, the State Election Commission has given a clear instruction to the candidates and agents that they will get admission in the counting centers, whose report of Kovid-19 will be negative (Corona Negative Report). The votes of three-tier panchayat elections in four districts have been cast in 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Polling was held on April 15 in the first phase, April 19 in the second, April 26 in the third and April 29 in the fourth phase. Votes have been cast for the posts of 58,194 of Gram Panchayat Pradhan, 7,31,813 of Gram Panchayat member, 75,808 of Kshetra Panchayat member and 3,051 of Zilla Panchayat member in the four phases in the state. Some of these posts have also been elected unopposed. The Allahabad High Court had asked the Uttar Pradesh government to end the panchayat election process by May 25.
Supreme Court refuses to ban counting
At the same time, a petition was also filed in the Supreme Court to stop the counting of panchayat elections. The Supreme Court refused to ban the counting of votes for the UP Panchayat elections, saying that the common people should not be allowed to gather at the time of counting. During this time, the Supreme Court has issued instructions to the Election Commission to follow the Kovid protocol. The court has issued strict instructions that curfew should be imposed in the area till the counting of votes is completed. Whoever is the candidate, their Kovid test should be done, along with this, the names of the responsible officers should also be notified.
These organizations boycott the counting of votes
Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-backed National Educational Federation and Uttar Pradesh Teachers Federation have announced a boycott of the counting of votes. The Uttar Pradesh Teachers Federation issued a statement on Friday, saying that the failure of the Election Commission to provide a system to protect teachers and employees from epidemics during election related training and voting duty, and to protect the lives of its union members, Uttar Pradesh Teachers The federation has decided that if the proposed counting of votes is not postponed on Sunday, May 2, the teachers of our department will boycott the counting of votes.
The statement signed by the joint signatures of leaders of various organizations, including Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council member and leader Teachers Team Suresh Kumar Tripathi, teacher MLC Dhruv Kumar Tripathi, Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Council President Dinesh Chandra Sharma, demanded the postponement of counting of votes. There is no reason at this time that the counting of votes cannot be postponed.
While there’s life there’s hope
National Academic Federation spokesperson Virendra Mishra said on Saturday that the counting of votes has been boycotted by our organization because there is life if there is life. On being reminded of hearing the case in the Supreme Court, he said that the court has its own function but we have to protect our own lives. Mishra said that we will not comment on the court, but teachers and staff will not conduct the counting of votes in view of the stubborn attitude of the government.
Meanwhile, the State Election Commission has completed the preparations for the counting of votes. According to a senior official, the counting of votes polled in the panchayat elections on May 2, Sunday will start from eight o’clock in the morning and will continue till all the ballots are counted. He expressed the possibility that the counting process may take about two days to complete.
Instructions to open a medical health desk
State Election Commissioner Manoj Kumar has ordered all the District Magistrates and District Election Officers to open medical health desks at each counting center on the day of counting. According to the statement issued by the commission, it is a clear instruction of the commissioner that admission will not be allowed at the counting venue in case of symptoms of Kovid-19 like fever, cold, etc. Thermal scanning of all persons has been made mandatory at the time of counting hall or entry into the room or premises. The commission has banned the victory procession and no candidate will be allowed to process the victory procession at all.
According to the spokesperson of the commission, candidates and agents will be allowed to enter the counting center 48 hours before the start of counting, only after showing the negative report of RTPCR or Rapid Antigen Testing or the completion of the course of Kovid-19 vaccine. It will be mandatory for all those visiting the counting center to wear masks.
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