CHIEF ELECTION Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday said all officials who will be engaged in assembly elections duty would be reckoned as frontline workers and would be vaccinated for Covid-19 on priority.
“On the recommendation of the Election Commission, the Union Health Ministry had issued orders that all officials on election duty would be treated as frontline workers and would be vaccinated on priority,’’ Arora told reporters after meeting representatives of political parties and senior officials in the state.
Assembly elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Puducherry and Assam will be held this year.
Arora said considering the Covid-19 situation, the number of voters in polling booths would be brought down to 1,000 and more polling booths would be arranged. “Apart from 25,000 booths, there would be an additional booths of 15,000 in Kerala taking into account the Covid-19 situation in the state.’’