Monday, March 1, 2021

Due to Kovid-19 in Rajasthan by-election, the number of polling booths increased by 45%, the candidate’s expenditure also increased

Jaipur. Due to the Corona epidemic in the Assembly by-elections in Sujangarh, Vallabhnagar, Rajsamand and Sahada of Rajasthan, there will be strictness from nomination to campaign. Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Gupta told representatives of various political parties on Monday that only four persons and two vehicles would be allowed to enter the premises during nomination due to Kovid-19. Nomination papers will also be accepted online. Gupta said that during the election campaign, only five people will be able to go public from house to house away from the crowd. Also, in the meetings, the central-state government will have to ensure strict compliance of all the guidelines related to corona. He said that for the first time after Corona, an assembly election is being held in the state. In such a situation, it is the priority of the department to have ‘safe elections’ with free and fair and peaceful.


He said that according to the data received, although the infection of Corona in the state is slightly less, the candidates, their supporters and voters should not take any kind of negligence. Gupta discussed various election related points in detail and shared the guidelines received from the Election Commission. He said that it would be mandatory to go to the polling booths with a mask, proper arrangement of thermal scanner, sanitizer and soap, water would be made at the booth and the booth would be fully sanitized one day before the polling day. He informed that Kovid-19 patients will be able to vote in PPE kit in the last hour. The Chief Electoral Officer said that in order to organize the crowd at polling booths, the number of polling stations with more than 1,000 in four constituencies has increased by about 45 percent. Where there were a total of 1074 polling stations in all the assemblies, they have now been increased to 1529.

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He told that apart from women, men, a separate line has been arranged for senior men and disabled people. For the first time, the Commission has given the facility of postal vote for voters including those above 80 years of age, Kovid-19 patients and more than 40 per cent of PwDs. Gupta said that the expenditure during the election has been increased from 28 to 30.30 lakh rupees. He said that eligible voters can add their names to the voter list till 10 days before the nomination. Additional Chief Election Officer Krishna Kunal told that this time due to Corona, where the nomination can also be filled online, the Commission has made arrangements to edit the meeting, get permission for vehicles, etc. He said that complaints of violation of the code of conduct can be made in the photo-video etc. of the Election Commission’s C-Vigil-App, so that they can be processed within a period of 100 minutes.

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