- Corona infected people will also be able to vote
- Election Commission also made preparations regarding Corona
The Election Commission (EC) in a press conference on Saturday announced the dates for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. The elections will be held in February and March this year. Amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases in the country, the Election Commission said that our “first and foremost objective” is a “COVID-safe election”.
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said that a lot of planning has been done carefully for this. Also because some people will get infected with covid and hence, a question arises that how will those who are in quarantine cast their vote? In such a situation, the facility of postal ballot will be available to those people.
Kovid patients will vote through postal ballot
The team of Election Commission will go to the house of Kovid infected or suspect and get the victim to vote there. Videography of this entire process will also be done.
Such voters will be able to give their ballot paper to the election officer by post, electronically or by hand. This facility will be available to the Kovid affected people as well as senior citizens above 80 years of age and differently abled people during the assembly elections.
corona safe election
In addition, the Election Commission said that masks and sanitizers will be available at all polling stations to ensure that voting is conducted in a ‘Covid-safe’ manner. The Election Commission is relying on vaccination of both polling personnel and voters to ensure that there is no increase in COVID-19 cases as a result of the elections.
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said he has asked chief secretaries of polled states to expedite immunization of all citizens above 18 years and ensure that booster doses are given to all election officials, who are treated as frontline workers. designated as.
He said that vaccination coverage has improved in the poll-bound states after the intervention of the Commission. Additionally, the Election Commission has asked district election officers to appoint a nodal officer for each counting center to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
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