Bihar in thoughts, EC moots on-line submitting of papers

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21

The Election Commission (EC) immediately issued broad tips for conducting polls within the nation amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that candidates can file nominations and pay the safety deposit on-line. It restricted the variety of individuals accompanying candidates throughout door-to-door marketing campaign, which ought to finish by 5 pm.

Bihar would be the first state the place Assembly elections might be held in the course of the pandemic. The polls are more likely to be held someday in October-November.

Norms amid pandemic: gloves for voters

  • Candidates can file nominations and affidavits on-line
  • Just 5 individuals allowed for door-to-door marketing campaign
  • Rallies, roadshows to comply with Covid directions
  • Thermal scanners at cubicles; ballot employees to put on PPE kits
  • Masks obligatory; hand gloves to be given to voters for urgent EVM buttons

According to the rules, voters might be supplied with gloves to press the EVM button and sufferers in quarantine might be allowed to vote over the last hour of polling.

A separate set of tips could be issued for voters who’re residing in areas notified as “containment zone”, the Election Commission stated.

The fee has advisable obligatory sanitisation of polling stations, ideally a day earlier than the polls. Thermal scanners might be positioned on the entry level of each polling station.

“There shall be a maximum of 1,000 electors instead of 1,500 electors in a polling station,” the rules stated.

Just 5 individuals, together with candidates however excluding safety personnel, might be allowed to participate in door-to-door campaigning. For roadshows, the fee stated, convoys of autos ought to have a spot after each 5 autos as a substitute of 10 (excluding safety autos).

Public gatherings and rallies might be held topic to adherence to Covid tips. A senior EC official stated that after contemplating the views of political events, the panel had finalised the broad tips for the polls.

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