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EC to come up with Covid-19 related plan for counting of votes taking local conditions into account

EC to come up with Covid-19 related plan for counting of votes taking local conditions into account

A detailed Covid-19 related plan for counting of votes in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry on May 2 will be prepared taking local conditions into account, the Election Commission of India (EC) said on Wednesday. “Three-layer plan will be prepared in consultation with the concerned Nodal Health Officers: AC [assembly constituency], District, and State levels. In case of by-elections, the plans will be prepared at the District and AC levels in consultation with respective Nodal Health Officers,” said the poll watchdog, citing its broad guidelines.

According to the guidelines, nodal officers will be appointed for each counting centre to ensure adherence to the Covid-19 related protocols. The counting centres, where tables have been reduced from 14 to 7, will have to obtain a compliance certificate from the concerned health authorities. The candidates and their agents will only be allowed to enter the centres after producing Covid negative reports. Public gatherings outside the counting halls have also been banned. The EC has also reiterated the need for wearing masks, sanitisation, disinfection of the counting stations and social distancing norms. Non-compliance with the instructions will result in prosecution under the Disaster Management Act, it added.

The plan is being prepared as India faces the worst surge of Covid-19 infections. The second wave of the pandemic has pushed the death toll close to 200,000 and starved hospitals of life-saving medical oxygen and beds.

News Source: HindustanTimes

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