EC points broad pointers for conducting polls amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 21

The Election Commission of India has allowed election candidates to file their nominations and safety deposits online—developments that come months earlier than Bihar heads into meeting elections in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new pointers, issued within the mild of the pandemic, additionally restrict the quantity of people that can accompany candidates for door-to-door campaigning, which the rules say ought to finish by 5 pm.

The Election Commission of India mentioned in an official assertion: “After onset of COVID-19 pandemic in India, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) have been issuing guidelines from time to time. In their latest circular dated 29th July, 2020, the MHA has issued comprehensive guidelines/directives to be followed countywide. Similarly, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has also issued SOP on disinfection, sanitisation, and prevention for containing COVID-19”.

In view of this the ballot panel had on July 17, 2020, had despatched communications to all registered political events looking for their views and had requested them to furnish the identical by August 11, 2020. 

A senior EC official mentioned after contemplating the views of the political events and others, the panel finalised the broad pointers on election marketing campaign and public conferences. The similar have been communicated in writing to political events and all of the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of States/UTs to stick to.

“The CEOs of concerned states/UTs shall make comprehensive State/District & assembly wise election plans regarding arrangement and preventive measures following the guidelines, while taking into account the local conditions. These plans should be prepared in consultation with the Nodal Officer for COVID-19 in their respective States/UTs,” the official mentioned.

Salient options of the broad pointers: 

Only restricted variety of individuals can accompany the candidates on the time of nominations

Candidates can not use greater than specified variety of automobiles by CEOs on the time of nominations  

Candidates have additionally been given choice of submitting their nominations and affidavits on-line earlier than returning officers (ROs), however after taking print out of the identical

Security deposit for contesting elections will also be deposited on-line

Keeping the containment pointers in view, the variety of individuals together with candidates for door to door marketing campaign has been restricted to 5.

Public assembly and highway exhibits shall be permissible with appropriate directions topic to containment directions issued by the MHA/State.

Face Mask, Sanitizer, Thermal scanners, gloves, face protect and PPE kits shall be used through the electoral course of making certain social distancing norms.

Hand gloves shall be supplied to all of the electors for signing on the voter register and urgent button of EVM for voting.


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