Municipal elections in Goa, scheduled for October 18, have been postponed by three months in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the state election fee stated on Monday.
“The well being and security of the folks – voters, election employees, safety employees – is paramount for the fee and fee didn’t suppose it prudent to go forward and repair this election on this date. In any other case lots of the people who find themselves going to be round for election functions are going to be exposing themselves to the specter of unfold of coronavirus,” Goa State Election Commissioner R Okay Srivastava stated.
“We have been hoping that if issues enhance we’d maintain the elections in time,” Srivastava added.
“On a regular basis instances are being reported. The authorities is managing the instances however during the last month or so, we’ve not seen any respite. We thought that it’s simply not advisable to go forward with the election as a result of democracy is for the folks, by the folks and of the folks and we don’t need folks to be uncovered to any dangers and their life shouldn’t be compromised due to the election. So we thought it prudent to postpone the election by three months,” Srivastava added.
The state election physique will overview the state of affairs after three months and accordingly resolve whether or not it’s secure and conducive to carry elections later this 12 months.
The time period of 11 municipal councils in Goa ends on November 4.
These are the second elections to be postponed on account of the Covid-19 pandemic with the state zilla panchayat elections scheduled to be held on March 22 this 12 months additionally being postponed on the final minute.