The assembly polls are approaching in West Bengal. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who was on a two-day visit to the state, raised concern over the law and order situation. 

The Deputy Election Commissioner and in-charge of West Bengal Sudeep Jain on Thursday (January 14) met officials of the district magistrate, superintendent of police, police commissioners of Commissionerate’s and the office of the state CEO or Chief Electoral Officer and discussed measures to conduct polls in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to administrative sources, the commission officials have duly 'warned' the officers at all levels to ensure free and peaceful elections. He made it clear that even the slightest negligence will not be relieved.

According to administrative sources, voters above the age of 80, persons with disability and home quarantined COVID-19 patients would be allowed to exercise their franchise through postal ballots.

The number of booths is likely to be increased to 1 lakh from the existing 78,000 to ensure social distancing.

How to vote on the ballot?

The concerned voters will have to apply to the commission after publishing the notification of voting. Within five days of the application, the commission officers will go to the houses and inquire about them. They will be given 12-D form. The election officer will visit the voter's house before the day of the election. He will be accompanied by two security guards. Voting will be completed in their presence and through videography. Electoral officials will collect ballot papers and take them in accordance with the guidelines of the commission.