Despite being tested positive for the Covid-19 infection an Independent candidate for the south Goa Municipal polls decides to go for the door to door campaigning putting the lives of the voters at risk has been booked by Goa Police for violating the protocol under the Epidemic Diseases Act.
According to the reports, Arthur D’Silva, a municipal poll candidate from the south Goa had tested positive for the Covid-19 infection and despite knowing the fact he was seen moving around in the ward soliciting votes on the day of voting in Margao.
According to assistant returning officer, Prataprao Gaunker, he received information that D’Silva, despite being Covid-19 positive, was moving around, campaigning and creating fear among the locals.
According to the sources, when D’Silva was questioned by the authority about his free movement despite of testing positive he “escaped from the scene”, said the authority.
The times when the cases are growing at the blazing speed the free movement of the Covid positive persons should be restricted. On the 25th April Goa reported around 2300 cases with 24 death in a single day.
During such situation the Government decided to go ahead with the Municipal elections in the five municipal councils, Mapusa, Margao, Mormugao, Quepem and Sanguem. “Reports from all five municipalities indicate @BJP4Goa supported Panel Candidates defeat is certain. Change has begun,” Leader of Opposition, Digambar Kamat tweeted.
According to the reports, Besides the D’Silva case, the elections went smoothly with Covid-19 positive patients allowed to vote in the final hour of voting.