Bengal polls: Bihar mannequin to be adopted in state; COVID protocol relevant

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Bengal polls: Bihar mannequin to be adopted in state

The Election Fee of India (ECI) will comply with the Bihar mannequin, taken up final 12 months for conducting the meeting polls amid the coronavirus pandemic,

through the upcoming election in West Bengal, a senior official on the CEO workplace mentioned on Tuesday. The ECI has already began inoculation of the officers concerned with the polling and your entire course of would recover from earlier than the election begins, he mentioned.

“Covid protocol remains to be relevant in West Bengal. We are going to follow the protocol adopted through the meeting election in Bihar,” the official mentioned.

Candidates for the election would additionally need to comply with the protocols, he mentioned. Officers inside polling cubicles will put on masks, face shields and gloves and use sanitiser on the premises.

As soon as inside polling stations, voters could have their physique temperatures checked, the official mentioned.

He mentioned that the physique temperature of a voter can be checked for a second time if the particular person is discovered having a temperature past the permissible restrict of 100.four levels Fahrenheit.

“If the particular person’s physique temperature is discovered excessive for the second time too, the voter will probably be requested to return again to solid vote within the closing hour of the day (5 pm-6 pm),” he added.

Suspected Covid-19 sufferers will probably be allowed to solid their votes solely after others end exercising their franchise.

Electors can be supplied with disposable gloves for one hand, which they may use for signing and to press the button of an EVM, the official mentioned.

“The gloves have to be thrown to dustbins stored exterior the polling stations. The bins fitted with GPS monitoring units will probably be taken to nearest hospitals the place the gloves will probably be destroyed,” he mentioned.

Election to the 294-member West Bengal meeting is due in April-Might. 

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