ToothPicks to be Used to Cast Votes in Bihar Elections


The Election Commission on Friday brainstormed to hold the Bihar Assembly elections on time amid the corona epidemic and flood ravages. After this, the Commission has drafted the guidelines. It states that during the election, voters have the option of wearing PPE kits, giving voters the option of using a toothpick or gloves to press the button of the EVM machine to protect against infection.

Commission secretary NT Bhutia has sought suggestions from political parties on this draft by 31 July. Based on these, the Commission will issue guidelines. According to the draft, it will be mandatory for all employees and those engaged in election work to wear masks and gloves. Social distance will have to be followed in public places, election offices and polling booths.

Political parties will not be able to rally. There will be a ban on social ceremonies and religious events. Screening will be strictly. Thermal screening of voters will be done at polling booths and their numbers will be reduced.

In addition, a comprehensive control system will be implemented during polling to prevent congestion. However, many political parties in the state are not in favor of holding elections amid the floods and the Corona crisis. A commission official said that preparations are on for the Bihar elections. The commission is also considering increasing the number of employees and booths for the election.

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