The Election Fee of India (ECI) on Friday issued a contemporary set of tips for finishing up polls amid the Covid-19 pandemic within the nation, simply months earlier than the Bihar Meeting elections scheduled for October and Bengal Meeting elections slated for subsequent yr.
Candidates can file their nominations on-line and folks need to put on face masks throughout election-related actions, the brand new tips mentioned.
The choice of postal poll facility has been prolonged to the voters who’re marked as ‘individuals with disabilities’. Folks, who’re above the age of 80 years, individuals employed in notified important providers and people who have examined Covid-19 optimistic or are presumably contaminated can all vote by way of the postal poll facility, the Election Fee mentioned. Nonetheless, tips for every of the classes of people who find themselves eligible for postal poll can be issued individually.
Thermal scanning of all voters can be carried out on the entry corridor or premises the place the polls can be held. Sanitisers, cleaning soap and water shall even be made obtainable to all voters, in line with the brand new guidelines.
Social distancing will mandatorily need to be adopted in line with the rules issued earlier by the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs. State administrations have been instructed to determine giant halls to make sure that social distancing could be carried out through the polls.
On Thursday, former Union minister and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) convenor Yashwant Sinha joined a lot of political leaders searching for postponement of the Bihar meeting polls within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meeting elections are due within the months of October-November in Bihar, which has, until date, witnessed 1.15 lakh Covid-19 circumstances, together with 574 deaths.
The Election Fee, nevertheless, has not made any official announcement concerning the ballot schedule within the state.