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COVID Impact: EC defers Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation Elections

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The State Election Commission has deferred the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections which were scheduled to be held on April 18. The elections were deferred given the surge in COVID in the state. The election body said the new dates for the same will be announced once the COVID situation improves.

Rupani sought to defer of GMC elections

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had appealed to the State Election Commission (SEC) on Friday to defer the polls to the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) scheduled to be held on April 18.

Rupani in a letter to the body said that if the polls continue the state capital will see gatherings. A lot of state government employees will also be pressed into poll duty and such gatherings can aggravate the already serious COVID situation in the state.

Rupani requested the SEC to defer the polls in the larger public interest.

Congress, AAP wanted GMC elections postponed

On Thursday, Congress and AAP in Gujarat had also demanded that the elections to the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) be postponed.

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GPCC chief Amit Chavda has also written to the State Election Commission (SEC) in this matter. Chavda said earlier the Congress had demanded that the GMC elections be held at the same time as the election to the other municipal corporations but that demand was ignored. “Later the Congress had also made a representation seeking that the GMC election is not held given the COVID situation and a caretaker administration be appointed in its place,” Chavda said.

He said despite several such representations, the election body ignored it and announced the GMC elections.

Chavda in his letter said given the COVID situation where even the high court has suggested a lockdown and the state has increased curfew timings, the polls should be postponed.

 

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