The Election Commission on Friday (February 26) said that everyone on election duty will be vaccinated against COVID-19 before polling day.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, “Nearly 18.68 crore electors will be eligible to vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 seats in five assembly elections.”

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“Arrangements will be made for candidates to cast their vote online for the five assembly polls. Voting will be extended for an hour, keeping in mind COVID-19 safety guidelines,” he added.

The Election Commission also stated that door-to-door campaigning will be restricted to five persons, including the candidate. The roadshows will be allowed with a maximum of five vehicles.

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The Chief Election Commissioner said that the Health Ministry has declared everyone on poll duty as frontline workers for the vaccine purpose.

On Friday, The Election Commission of India announced that the election to the 294-member West Bengal assembly will be held in eight phases.