New Delhi: In view of the surge in COVID-19 infections, the Election Commission (EC) wrote on Sunday to chief secretaries of all states and territories in the Union and to leaders of political parties to ban victory celebrations where the vote count is underway and demanded strict compliance. directions.

In a letter to the chief secretaries, the polling station called for an urgent ban on public celebrations in the context of today’s vote count.

“The Commission took it very seriously and has again ordered that all necessary measures be taken to ensure strict compliance with its instructions, all these activities being already prohibited due to the pandemic,” the letter from the EC said.

In addition, the Commission ordered the chief secretaries to immediately suspend the responsible SHOs (in case they did not ban public celebrations) and to initiate disciplinary action against them.

In the letter to the leaders of political parties, the EC expressed its dissatisfaction with the failure by some parties to comply with existing instructions. “In view of the above, it is absolutely necessary that you lead / guide the representatives / supporters of your party with rigor to prevent them from celebrating and showing restraint in these difficult times and asking them to behave strictly in accordance with ICE instructions and existing COVID instructions issued by NDMA / SDMA. “The Commission said it had already ordered the relevant CS / DGP to take criminal action, including the FIR, against violators in all such cases under the Disaster Management Act 2005 and other relevant laws.

The counting of votes for the Assembly elections began this morning in all four states – Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pondicherry Union Territory adhering to COVID-19 protocols. Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu voted in a single phase on April 6.