High court of Allahabad Asked Election commission on petition regarding to online nomination of candidate for panchayat Election:
Notice issued by Allahabad high court, on the Petition seeking for the online nomination of the candidates in the upcoming panchayat election in the state to avoid crowding amid the COVID.
The bench of Justice consisting of SK Gupta and Shamim Ahmed has asked the State Government as well as the Election Commission to file their counter-affidavits in the matter within two weeks.
Petitioner argued that the petition has been filed to ensure social distancing norms during the election period. Petitioner states that if the respondents allow contesting candidates in the Panchayat Election for physical filing of nomination paper, the condition of social distancing would certainly be breached as contesting candidates would collect a large number of supporters to show their strength at the time of the filing of nomination paper and reach the Election Office in the form of a procession. Meanwhile, also the petitioner seeking amendments to Rule 13, 16, 17,18, and 19 of UP Kshetra Panchayat and Zila Panchayat (Election of Members) Rules, 1994.
Further Petitioner, contends that to allow for online nomination as, the state is already facing the shortage of Police Personnel and Security Forces as per the standard ratio/ requirement on the basis of the population and during the physical filing of nomination papers, the uncontrolled crowd is collected and administration has to arrange special facilities for that, such as barricading of roads, posting of extra security forces, etc.
During the physical filing of the nomination paper, due to an uncontrolled crowd, the traffic and movement of common citizens are badly affected.
If the online filing of nomination paper by the contesting candidates is allowed, the same will also save the time and money of the State and as well as contesting candidates.
The nomination office is generally situated out of the territorial constituencies of the contesting candidates and no useful purpose is served to the contesting candidates to take a long procession out of the territorial constituencies.
The court will be hearing the matter on 22nd September.