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ECI issues guidelines for polls, makes masks & sanitisers mandatory

New Delhi: Forward of the Bihar polls, the Election Fee of India (ECI) has authorized the broad tips for the conduct of elections and bye-elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

These embody using masks, sanitisers, thermal scanners and adherence to social distancing norms through the election course of.

Solely 5 individuals will likely be allowed together with the candidate throughout door-to-door campaigning, adhering to the containment tips.

The election fee in an announcement stated that public conferences and roadshows will likely be allowed with appropriate directions topic to containment directions issued by the MHA and the State.

The Fee has revised the norms on the variety of individuals accompanying the candidate and variety of autos to be allowed on the time of nomination.

The Fee has additionally created non-obligatory facility for filling the nomination kinds and the affidavits on-line. Candidates can take a print of the identical and submit the kinds earlier than the Returning Officer involved. The candidates can even have the choice to deposit safety quantity for contesting the elections on-line, for the primary time.

“Face masks, sanitisers, thermal scanners, gloves, face shields and PPE kits shall be used during the electoral process ensuring social distancing norms,” stated the EC assertion.

The fee had sought recommendations from nationwide and state political events and has launched tips after contemplating them.

The ECI on Tuesday directed the states the place elections can be held within the coming months to border broad tips inside three days on the sleek conduct of the polling course of amid the coronavirus pandemic and report again to the central physique.

On the idea of those tips, the Fee directed that the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of such states can even put together complete plans for the conduct of campaigning and voting within the state/districts involved, making an allowance for the situations more likely to prevail throughout elections.

Bihar, which is slated to go to the polls in October-November, is gearing up for the train regardless of the twin challenges posed by coronavirus and the floods.

(IANS)

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