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Enforcing COVID-19 rules is State’s responsibility: ECI

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Disaster Management Act

Mains level : Paper 2- Powers of Election Commission

What prompted ECI to give clarification

  • In its oral observations, the Madras High Court blamed the ECI for the second wave of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
  • The Madras High Court said the ECI was unable to ensure political parties followed the rules while campaigning for the Assembly elections.

What the ECI said

  • The ECI said that the enforcement under the 2005 Act has to be ensured by the SDMA [State Disaster Management Authority] concerned and notified authorities under the Act.
  • The Commission has always emphasised that the State authorities shall ensure COVID-19 compliance in the matter of public gatherings, etc. for campaign purposes.
  • At no occasion, the Commission takes over the task of SDMA for enforcement of COVID-19 instructions.
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