As COVID-19 cases surge in Maharashtra, legislature returning officer seeks EC advice on how to proceed

Rajya Sabha Poll: As COVID-19 Cases Rise in Maharashtra, Legislature Returning Officer Seeks EC Advice on Modalities | ANI

In a significant move, amid rising COVID19 cases, the Returning Officer of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (RO) on Monday sought the opinion of the Electoral Commission on new modalities or SOPs, if any. , on election day June 10 to prevent the spread of infection. . OR’s communication is important because 288 lawmakers will be in the state legislature on Election Day and it shouldn’t become a super spreader.

Additionally, the RO decision is timely because the authorized representative of an individual party remains in the polling station as the legislator must show the ballot before voting.

A senior state legislature officer told the Free Press Journal, ‘Today’s communication to the Elections Committee is to understand if there is a new SOP suggesting do’s and don’ts. on Election Day following an increase in COVID 19 cases. The goal is to prevent the spread of the virus.” He said lawmakers infected with COVID 19 cannot vote by mail and that , in this case, they will not be able to participate in the ballot.

The officer said that the electoral commission in the Lok Sabha elections allowed voters infected with COVID 19 to vote in the last hour wearing PPE kits. “However, we do not know if this is allowed in the ballot for Rajya Sabha on June 10, he noted.

Already BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has tested positive while social justice Dhananjay Munde canceled programs on Monday due to high temperature.

Meanwhile, the RO today released three-page guidelines on the do’s and don’ts of the June 10 vote.

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