West Bengal municipal elections delayed due to Covid-19 cases

Elections to four municipal corporations in West Bengal, which were set for January 22, have been delayed because to the rising number of Covid-19 cases. The West Bengal State Election Commission announced on Saturday that the polls will be held on February 12 in a notification.

According to the notification, the Commission "has designated the revised date of elections as February 12" in accordance with a division bench ruling of the Calcutta High Court, "taking account of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic scenario," with modification to its earlier notification. Siliguri, Chandernagore, Bidhannagar, and Asansol are the four corporations that will be surveyed.

On Friday, the High Court issued a decision in response to a complaint asking the court to force the Commission to postpone the elections. Given the increased number of Covid cases, a division bench had instructed the Commission to investigate the matter and make a decision within 48 hours on whether elections might be postponed for four to six weeks.

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