February 28, 2021

Coronavirus Sufferers and Residents Above 65 Eligible for Postal Poll, Says EC Forward of Bihar Polls



People stand in queues to cast their votes at a polling booth in Telangana. (News18 file)

Folks stand in queues to forged their votes at a polling sales space in Telangana. (Information18 file)

Maintaining the coronavirus pandemic in thoughts, the Bihar Election Fee has additionally directed that only one,000 voters be allowed at every polling sales space and the variety of cubicles be elevated.

The Centre has issued a notification to increase the ability of postal poll for electors above the age of 65 years and coronavirus sufferers forward of the Bihar Meeting elections later this yr.

The Bihar State Election Fee on Wednesday mentioned coronavirus sufferers and people above the age of 65 will likely be allowed to vote from dwelling or use postal poll within the elections.

Maintaining the coronavirus pandemic in thoughts, the state EC directed that only one,000 voters be allowed at every polling sales space and the variety of cubicles be elevated.

In a gazette notification issued final month, the Ministry of Regulation and Justice gave its nod for amending the Conduct of Elections (Modification) Guidelines 2020, which prolonged the postal poll facility for electors above the age of 65 and coronavirus sufferers beneath dwelling/institutional quarantine, mentioned the Election Fee of India (ECI).

The choice follows the EC’s proposal final month through which it had requested the ministry to enlarge the ambit of use of postal poll facility to folks aged 65 years, lowering it from 80 years, and people beneath quarantine or dwelling isolation as a result of Covid-19.

Medical analysis has proven whereas folks of all ages might be contaminated by coronavirus, aged folks and folks with pre-existing medical situations (similar to bronchial asthma, diabetes, coronary heart illness) are extra susceptible to the illness.

In response to a Well being Ministry advisory, residents above 65 years have been suggested to remain indoors because of the coronavirus.

On the advice of the EC, on October 22 final yr, the modification enabling postal poll facility to senior residents (above the age of 80 years) and for individuals with incapacity, was launched to supply them the selection of voting from the comforts of their houses.

Final month, the EC not solely requested the Ministry of Regulation and Justice to increase the postal poll amenities to all electors above 65 years of age, but additionally to all Covid-19-positive electors beneath dwelling isolation or institutional quarantine to cut back crowding on the polling stations.