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Everyone On Poll Duty To Get Vaccinated Against Covid Ahead of Assembly Elections, Says EC

Voting will take place for 126 seats in Assam, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 294 in West Bengal, 140 in Kerala, and 30 in Puducherry.

Everyone On Poll Duty To Get Vaccinated Against Covid Ahead of Assembly Elections, Says EC
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Everyone On Poll Duty To Get Vaccinated Against Covid Ahead of Assembly Elections, Says EC
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2021-02-26T17:40:02+05:30

Everyone on election duty for the upcoming polls for five assemblies will be administered  Covid-19 vaccine before polling day, the Election Commission said on Friday.

Voting will soon take place for 126 seats in Assam, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 294 in West Bengal, 140 in Kerala, and 30 in Puducherry.

Nearly 18.68 crore electors will be eligible to vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 seats in five assembly elections, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said at a press conference here.

He also said that arrangements will be put in place for candidates to file their nominations online for the five assembly polls. Voting will be allowed for an additional hour, keeping in mind Covid-19 safety guidelines. 

Also, webcasting arrangements will be in place at polling stations in critical and vulnerable areas, while adequate CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) deployment will be ensured for the assembly polls, Arora said. All critical and vulnerable areas have been identified and advance teams have been already deployed across all four states and one union territory Puducherry going to the polls, he added.

He said door-to-door campaigning will be restricted to five persons, including the candidate, while roadshows will be allowed with a maximum of five vehicles.

Arora said the nationwide vaccination drive has made the situation more conducive for conducting elections and the Health Ministry has declared everyone on poll duty as frontline workers for the vaccine purpose.

All poll officials will be vaccinated before the elections, Arora said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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