West Bengal: Election date of four municipalities extended, now restrictions will remain in force in the state till January 31

Pankaj Prasad
Pankaj Prasad 15/01/2022 17:54 IST
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Amidst the spurt in the corona virus infection, the Election Commission has decided to hold the elections to be held on 22 January in the four municipalities of Bengal on 12 February.

In view of the increasing cases of coronavirus epidemic in the state, the West Bengal Election Commission has decided to change the election schedule of four municipalities. The commission said on Saturday that in view of the increasing cases of Kovid infection, it has been decided to hold elections for four municipalities by three weeks on February 12.

A notification has been issued by the State Election Commission in this regard. According to this, the elections for Siliguri Municipality, Chandernagaur Municipality, Vidhannagar Municipality and Asansol Municipality will now be held on February 12 instead of January 22. The notification said that the polling will begin at 7 am and conclude at 5 pm.

The High Court had also said that earlier on Saturday itself, the State Government had written a letter to the Commission, in which it had agreed on its behalf to change the election date due to the current situation of Corona epidemic. At the same time, the Calcutta High Court had also asked the commission to explore the possibility of postponing the civic elections by four to six weeks in view of the situation in Corona.

Bengal government extended corona restrictions till 31 January

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On the other hand, the state government has decided to extend the Covid-19 restrictions till January 31. In an order issued in this regard, it has been said that following the safety standards, permission has been given to organize the fair in open grounds in a systematic manner. Apart from this, a maximum of 200 people or 50 percent of the capacity of the venue has been allowed to attend marriage functions. At the same time, following the protocol, fairs can be allowed in open places in a very restrained manner.

Category: India: West Bengal