Postal ballot, thermal scanning, gloves, tokens, social distancing for voters: Manjunatha Prasad
In the wake of rising corona cases in the city, the Central Election Commission has announced an increase in the the number of polling booths for the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar assembly by-poll from 381 to 688.
Bengaluru City District Election Officer N Manjunatha Prasad said, “Many preventive measures are being taken, including allowing voting by postal ballot for corona-infected people.”
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Prasad said a health officer will be on duty for the by-election, mandatory thermal scanning will be done and gloves will be provided to every voter. Six feet distancing will be maintained between voters.
Prasad said that it has been decided to set up a voting booth wherever possible. Only two people will be allowed, instead of the earlier five, at the time of filing nominations.
The CEC has also decided to limit the number of people during the election campaigns of candidates.
Candidates will be allowed to submit their affidavit and deposit online. But the nominations have to be submitted directly to the nodal officer. The overall election process will require about 10,000 people, including booth officers and security guards.They will be given masks, gloves, face shields and sanitizers, Manjunatha Prasad said.
A help centre will be set up in each booth. A token will be issued if there is a crowd at the voting centre. Voters who have received the token and those who have been observed with a fever will be allowed to vote during the last one hour.
Voter profile of RR Nagar assembly constituency
Men – 2,40,061
Women – 2,20,260
Other – 79
Total – 4,60,401