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Commission of India revised guidelines for elections

GOA: The Commission of India has revised the guidelines for elections that may be conducted during the pandemic. According to the guidelines, every person must wear a face mark during election-related activities and ensure social distancing at polling booths. Covid-19 patients who are quarantined will be allowed to cast their vote in the last hour of the poll day at their respective polling stations under the supervision of health authorities.

Gloves must be made available to each official handling EVM and VVPATs, state the guidelines. Election officials must be trained through online mode or in a decentralised manner in large halls, and polling stations must be arranged in such a manner that each one has a maximum of 1,000 electors instead of 1,500 electors. Face masks must also be kept in reserve for those who turn up at the polling booth without a mask and voters will have to lower the face mask for identification when required, state the EC’s guidelines. Voter will be given gloves for signing on the voter register and pressing the EVM button for voting, the guidelines state. The guidelines also state that sufficient polling staff be kept in reserve to replace any in case any polling personnel displays Covid symptoms.

The News24 Goa

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