Hours after the Supreme Court docket dismissed a plea by the Andhra Pradesh authorities to defer February panchayat polls due to the Covid pandemic, the Chief Secretary of the State wrote to the Union Well being Secretary to focus on “logistical issues” of conducting an election whereas frontline employees – together with police and polling officers – have but to be vaccinated.
In his letter, Aditya Nath Das mentioned vaccination of round seven lakh frontline employees – together with the tens of hundreds of police and different officers wanted to carry the election – had been scheduled for after the vaccination of round 3.8 lakh docs and healthcare employees.
“The identical frontline employees can be deployed to a number of places by sending them to completely different polling teams… will result in enormous logistical issues and the polling personnel will be unable to be vaccinated as session web site allotted shall be primarily based on house/workplace location however they are going to be deployed elsewhere,” Mr Das wrote.
“Those that are vaccinated for the primary dose at one location won’t be obtainable on the identical location for second dose,” he added.
Mr Das additionally mentioned protocol required a interval of commentary to observe for adversarial results and that “following vaccination it’s advisable the recipients are usually not put to un-necessary stress…”
The state authorities had earlier estimated that vaccination of healthcare and frontline employees would solely be accomplished by February 28.
The State Election Fee has introduced polls over 4 phases – February 5, 9, 13 and 17 – a call the Andhra Pradesh authorities contested on the Excessive Court docket and Supreme Court docket.
“Within the above backdrop (of the highest court docket permitting polls to happen) we search your steering to attain twin targets of vaccination and conduct of elections,” Mr Das concluded.
State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar, who is because of retire by April, and the Jaganmohan Reddy authorities have been at odds over these polls.
The state needed the polls to be held at the beginning of the pandemic, however the SEC was towards it.
In Might, the ruling YSR Congress eliminated him, alleging his actions had been politically motivated. This was later countered by the Excessive Court docket, which ordered him reinstated.
Now, the 2 sides have swapped positions, and offered earlier than the Supreme Court docket on Monday.
The court docket refused to let itself get caught in an “ego battle” between the 2 sides, and likewise expressed disappointment over resolutions towards the State Election Commissioner.
It additionally mentioned “states have carried out elections throughout COVID-19” and declined the plea to defer.