COVID-19 patients shall be allowed to vote within the by-elections to the 2 meeting seats in Odisha, officers stated on Wednesday. The resolution was taken at a gathering between Chief Electoral Officer SK Lohani and the collectors and police chiefs of Balasore and Jagatsinghpur districts the place the
bypolls shall be held, they stated. Special preparations shall be made for the COVID-19 affected voters throughout elections like isolation heart and people voters can be allowed to solid their franchise on the final hour of the ballot, an official assertion quoting Lohani stated.
The Election Commission on September four determined to conduct by-elections to fill all of the 64 vacancies in numerous state assemblies of the nation together with the meeting elections in Bihar by November 29, officers stated.
The two meeting segments in Odisha — Balasore in Balasore district and Tirtol in Jagatsinghpur district — are a part of that checklist and can go to polls by that date, they stated.
The MLAs of those two seats died due to which the by-polls are necessitated. While the Balasore Sadar seat was held by the BJP, the Tirtol seat was gained by the BJD within the final election.
In the overview assembly, it was additionally determined that the variety of voters per sales space shall be capped at 1,000 to guarantee social distancing, Lohani stated.
Polling stations which have greater than 1,000 voters shall be divided and auxiliary polling cubicles shall be created by the District Election Officers (DEOs) in session with the representatives of the political events, he stated.
All individuals related to the by-elections should abide by the COVID-19 pointers, use masks whereas coming to vote and comply with the norms for hand sanitisation and social distancing within the polling stations, Lohani stated.
Noting that the by-election date could also be declared by the Election Commission at any time, the CEO directed the DEOs to comply with the rules associated to COVID-19 whereas making preparations for the polls.
“Extensive awareness drive on mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, social distancing and thermal screening of voters as well as polling personnel, the appointment of Nodal Heath Officer at district and constituency level, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic during bye-election would be given top
priority,” stated Lohani.
The CEO additionally undertook an in depth overview of the preparatory actions for deployment and coaching programme of polling individuals, automobile preparations, safety preparations, sturdy room, dispersal centre and counting halls.
(With PTI inputs)