Delhi bypolls: Covid patients allowed to vote in last one hour in full PPE kits
June 23, 2022  15:02
Voters in Rajinder Nagar assembly constituency who are suffering from Covid-19 have been identified and they will be allowed to vote in the ongoing bypoll during the last one hour of the scheduled polling time, albeit after wearing full PPE kits, a senior official said on Thursday. 

 Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said ambulances have been arranged for ferrying them to polling booths and medical facilities would also be kept on standby in case any such voter needs help. 

 "This is the first election in Delhi after the outbreak of the pandemic. The district administration has identified voters who are suffering from Covid-19, and they shall be brought to the booths and they can vote after wearing full PPE kits. All our staff are also trained and sensitised and they would also be in PPE kits once the Covid patients start coming to booths," he told reporters in response to a question.

 However, all regular voters would be first asked to vacate the polling booths at the end of their designated time, and then voters who are suffering from COVID-19 infection can vote, he said. 

 On violations of the model code of conduct, he said 24 FIRs have been filed so far, 13 against the AAP, nine against the BJP, one against the Congress, and one against another entity. 

 Also, 188 challans have been issued by traffic police authorities for misuse of vehicles like bearing unauthorised posters, banners, and displaying other poll material, Singh said. Out of these, 123 are against the AAP, 49 against the BJP, and 16 against others, the CEO told reporters.
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