Kochi: The Kerala high court stated that there is no need to implement lockdown in the state on the vote counting day on May 2. It added that the actions taken by the government and the Election Commission (EC) are adequate. Earlier, a demand had arisen for further restrictions in the state in view of the Covid surge here.
The court directed that restrictions can be implemented on the basis of the government order. The order was issued while considering the petition requesting to impose lockdown in the state on counting day. The high court settled all three petitions filed in this regard.
The state government informed the court that lockdown is not necessary as actions to be taken on the counting day was decided in the all-party meet. The EC also informed the court that celebrations and victory processions have been banned on counting day.
With this, the court stated that these actions are adequate. The state government can take action against those who violate the restrictions. There is no need of a court order for this, the court made it clear.