On Monday, the Election Commission met with Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to address the COVID-19 epidemic and the status of immunisation.
The Union Health Ministry has been asked by the Indian Election Commission to complete the COVID-19 immunisation programme in the five states that are up for election. The EC has also requested information from the health ministry on the status of immunisation in the five electoral states, notably the first dosage, according to Republic Media Network.
The Ministry of Health responded by releasing details on the COVID-19 immunisation campaign. “About 100% first dosage was reported in Uttarakhand and Goa, 85% first dose in Uttar Pradesh, and less than 80% first dose in Manipur and Punjab,” the report stated.
The first dose would be administered in Manipur and Punjab, according to the statement.
Officials in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, and Punjab were also urged to speed up the immunisation process. The Election Commission has urged poll-bound states to carry out maximum vaccination to fight the spread of COVID-19 and its Omicron form.
On Monday, the European Commission met with Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to address the COVID-19 outbreak and vaccination status. Similar talks between the EC and the health ministry, according to ANI, will take place in January of next year.
Five states will hold assembly elections next year: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, and Punjab.
Due to a spike in Omicron cases across the country, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday ordered the Election Commission to postpone voting in Uttar Pradesh for 1-2 months. It further called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Election Commission to make it illegal for political parties to hold rallies or public meetings in the state.
According to the latest Union health ministry update, India has reported 578 cases of Variant of Concern (VoC) Omicron. Uttar Pradesh has two cases in the election-bound state, while Goa and Uttarakhand each have one.
A Supreme Court petition requests stringent enforcement and adherence to COVID-19 criteria for the 2019 assembly elections.
The EC was recently ordered by the Supreme Court to publish severe rules, policies, and orders for the implementation and adherence of COVID protocols during the upcoming state elections. The suit also sought the Supreme Court to require political parties to market themselves on digital channels.
The future elections, as well as present promotional marketing, processions, and public meetings, “ought to be limited under the notion of public health concerning the state’s duty to safeguard the same, which is an inherent aspect under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution,” the petition added.