The Election Commission has made particular preparations to guard its workers from contracting coronavirus throughout their election responsibility in Bihar the place meeting elections shall be held subsequent month.
The ballot physique has offered a small equipment containing N95 masks, sanitizer and gloves to guard the staff on ballot responsibility within the state. The packet may also comprise one security keychain to keep away from use of fingers whereas urgent buttons.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, whereas saying the ballot dates right this moment, stated that particular measures have been taken to make sure clean conduct of the elections amid Covid disaster.
Extra voting hour, separate voting for Covid sufferers and no bodily contact through the marketing campaign are among the many key modifications the election physique has made for the three-phased elections
“Covid patients who are quarantined will be able to cast their vote on the last day of poll, at their respective polling stations, under the supervision of health authorities. This is beside the option of postal facility already extended to them,” stated Mr Arora, including the election shall be “historic” as it’s being held in the course of the pandemic.
Last month, the Election Commission had introduced numerous pointers for elections within the nation, the place over 58 lakh individuals have contracted the virus.
These embrace door-to-door campaigns with solely 5 individuals and gloves for voters, most of 1,000 voters at polling sales space at a time, and screening of physique temperature of each voter earlier than the individual is allowed to enter the polling sales space. The guidelines additionally permit candidates to finish their paperwork on-line.
The meeting election in Bihar — which shall be held in three phases on October 28, November three and seven and the outcomes shall be introduced on November 10 — is the primary main election to be held in the course of the worldwide coronavirus disaster.
Bihar has to elect a brand new 243-member meeting by November 29.