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Assembly Elections: Conditions for admission of candidates in Counting Hall, RTPCR or Vacancy Report mandatory

The Election Commission has issued guidelines in view of the danger of corona infection during the May 2 counting of Assembly elections in five states, including West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala. Under this, the RTPCR report has been made mandatory for the candidates and their agents to enter the counting center. If there is no test report, then the certificate of taking both doses of the vaccine will have to be given. In the absence of this, entry will not be available at the counting venue.

The Election Commission has appointed the District Election Officer (DEO) as the nodal officer for each counting center. Candidates and their agents will have to show either a negative report of the RTPCR or a certificate of both doses of the COVID vaccination before the counting begins on May 2. District election officers will have to make arrangements for the coveted testing of candidates and their agents.

The election commission has said that the candidates will have to give information about their agent three days before May 2. There will be no crowd outside the center during the counting of votes. The counting hall will be larger in size for social distancing. EVMs will be sanitized. The Election Commission has issued these instructions after consultation with the Chief Secretary, Health Secretary and Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal.

Let us know that in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, the counting of the assembly elections will be held on May 2. In view of the increasing risk of Corona virus, conducting a successful counting of votes is a big challenge for the Election Commission. In such a situation, the Commission has made RTPCR test or Covid Vaccination mandatory for the people living at the counting place in view of security.

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