NEW DELHI, Feb 26: Everyone on poll duty for the upcoming polls for five Assemblies will be vaccinated against COVID-19 before polling day, the EC said on Friday.
Arrangements will be put in place for candidates to file their nominations online for the five Assembly polls. Voting will be allowed for an additional hour, keeping in mind COVID-19 safety guidelines, he said. Webcasting arrangements will be in place at polling stations in critical and vulnerable areas.
Adequate CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) deployment will be ensured for the Assembly polls, Arora said. All critical and vulnerable areas have been identified and advance teams have been already deployed across all four States and one Union Territory Puducherry going to the polls, he added.
He said door-to-door campaigning will be restricted to five persons, including the candidate, while roadshows will be allowed with a maximum of five vehicles.
Arora said the nationwide vaccination drive has made the situation more conducive for conducting elections and the Union health ministry has declared everyone on poll duty as frontline workers for the vaccine purpose. All poll officials will be vaccinated before the elections, Arora said. – PTI