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New Delhi : Election Commission of India (ECI) on August 21, 2020, approved the broad guidelines for conduct of general/bye elections during COVID-19 period.

The Commission has revised the norms of number of persons accompanying the candidate and number of vehicles at the time of nomination. It has also created optional facility to fill the nomination form and the affidavit online and submission of the same, after taking print, before the RO concerned.

For the first time, the candidates will have the option to deposit security amount for contesting the elections online. Keeping the containment guidelines in view, the Commission has limited the number of persons including candidate for door to door campaign to five. Public meeting and roadshows shall be permissible with suitable instructions subject to containment instructions issued by the MHA/State, according to a PIB release.

Face Mask, Sanitiser, Thermal scanners, gloves, face shield and PPE kits shall be used during the electoral process ensuring social distancing norms. Hand gloves shall be provided to all the electors for signing on the voter register and pressing button of EVM for voting.