Bhubaneswar, Oct 16 (PTI) Aside from EVMs, indelible
ink and different election-related supplies, the polling
personnel this time can even carry COVID package for conducting
by-elections in two meeting segments of Odisha on November 3.
This was determined on the assembly of the Chief Electoral
Officer (CEO), S Okay Lohani with the district magistrate-cum
collector of Balasore and Jagatsinghpur districts on Thursday,
an official mentioned.
The COVID package consists of masks, sanitizer, face
protect, PPEs and hand gloves.
“The CEO has instructed the collectors to make sure
sanitisation of polling stations previous to the ballot to make sure
clear and hygienic atmosphere for the polling employees as nicely
as for voters,” the official mentioned, including that the particular
COVID kits will probably be offered to every polling personnel as per
the rules of the Election Fee of India.
Accordingly, 675 IR thermometers, 4,313 PPE kits, 6.5
lakh gloves, 7,830 face shields in addition to ample amount
of hand sanitizer, sodium hypochlorite answer, bleaching
powder, soaps, paper napkins and others are being equipped for
election objective, he mentioned.
The collectors have additionally been requested to have interaction
ample numbers of automobiles for deployment in the course of the ballot
course of conserving in thoughts the social distancing norms for secure
journey of polling personnel.
“District collectors have been specifically requested to take
care of all of the polling personnel deployed on election responsibility to
guarantee their security and wellbeing in the course of the COVID pandemic,”
CEO S Okay Lohani mentioned.
This time two extra personnel together with one ASHA
employee are being engaged outdoors every sales space to conduct thermal
scanning of every voter, dishing out sanitizer and distributing
gloves to voters and in addition for sustaining a queue to make sure
As per the ECI guideline, any particular person deployed within the
election course of has to all the time put on a face masks. All of the
entries to halls/rooms/premises used for election objective will
have thermal scanning, sanitizer, cleaning soap and water for cleansing.
The premises used for election functions will probably be
frequently sanitised as well as; all of the election associated
actions could be carried out in giant halls to make sure
social distancing. ECI has additionally suggested that giant
halls/areas should be recognized for distribution and
assortment of election supplies, the official mentioned.
The by-polls have been necessitated following the
demise of sitting BJP MLA of Balasore Sadar Madan Mohan Dutta
and BJD legislator from Tirtol, Bishun Charan Das. PTI AAM