Poll Panel Seeks Parties' Suggestions Over Campaigning During COVID-19

Election Fee has requested events to ship their solutions newest by July 31, 2020 (File)

New Delhi:

The Election Fee (EC) on Friday wrote to all nationwide and regional political events in search of their “views and solutions” on conduct of election marketing campaign throughout upcoming polls within the nation because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be energetic.

In its one-page letter, the ballot physique sought their replies by July 31 and mentioned that bypolls in some states and the Bihar meeting elections are due this 12 months.

The EC, whereas referring to the “present scenario of COVID-19 within the nation”, mentioned a number of pointers have been issued by the Centre and state governments underneath the Catastrophe Administration Act, 2005 and different another legal guidelines to make sure security and comprise the unfold of coronavirus within the nation.

“A few of the precautionary measures prescribed embrace obligatory carrying of face masks in public locations, social distance, sustaining a prescribed minimal social distance in public locations together with restrictions on giant public gatherings/congregations, thermal scanning on the place of gathering, sanitisation and so forth,” the EC mentioned.

Protecting these points in thoughts, the EC requested the events to ship their “views and solutions newest by July 31, 2020 in order that essential pointers could also be firmed up for the election marketing campaign by candidates or political events for the conduct of election throughout pandemic interval.”

A number of opposition events of Bihar on Friday urged the EC to guarantee voters that the upcoming meeting polls don’t change into a “tremendous spreader occasion” owing to the COVID-19 an infection and urged the ballot physique to limit the variety of voters per polling station to 250 to make sure bodily distancing.

The opposition events held a digital assembly with the Fee brass this night and submitted a memorandum to the ballot panel earlier within the day drawing its consideration to the coronavirus scenario within the state.

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