State Assembly elections to be held beneath strict COVID protocols

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday (February 26) introduced the election dates for the 4 poll-bound states – West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and one Union Territory of Puducherry.  He stated that the Bihar Assembly polls held final yr in November amid the COVID-19 pandemic was a watershed second and proved to be a litmus take a look at for the Election Commission of India (ECI). 

Addressing media individuals Arora stated, “In the thick of the pandemic, ECI started test trials with elections of 18 seats to Rajya Sabha. After that, came the challenge of the Bihar elections, it was indeed a watershed moment for ECI. It proved to be a litmus test. Voting turnout was 57.34 per cent exceeding the 2015 Assembly polls and 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the state.”

He applauded the frontline employees, healthcare employees and ECI officers for performing election responsibility in the course of the COVID instances final yr. All ballot officers will be vaccinated towards Covid-19 earlier than elections,” Arora stated.

“Our tributes to the COVID warriors, doctors, paramedics, nurses, researchers, scientists and all our officials on election duty who are located on the frontline,” stated Arora. 

Emphasising safety points, Arora stated, “Adequate CAPFs deployment shall be ensured during elections. All critical, vulnerable polling stations have been identified and an adequate number of CAPFs will be deployed.”

“A total of 824 assembly constituencies shall be going for polls during these elections. 18.68 crore electors will cast vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry,” added Arora. 

He additionally introduced tips for the upcoming elections. These embody — door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to 5 individuals together with the candidate, polling officers to be vaccinated, separate norms for suspected COVID-19 sufferers.

(With company inputs)

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