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COVID-19: Election Commission Of India Makes Special Arrangements To Ensure Safe Voting For Odisha Bypolls

Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha, Sushil Kumar Lohani informed that the provision for handwashing and sanitising for the voters have been made at all the booths

COVID-19: Election Commission Of India Makes Special Arrangements To Ensure Safe Voting For Odisha Bypolls

Bhubaneswar: In view of the ongoing pandemic, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has made elaborate arrangements to ensure safe voting for bypolls in two assembly constituencies of Odisha –Balasore and Tirtol on Tuesday (November 3), informed Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha, Sushil Kumar Lohani. A total of 4,67,579 lakh voters (2,37,284 in Tirtol and 2,30,297 in Balasore) are eligible to cast their vote in both constituencies. In view of COVID-19, the number of voters in polling booths has been restricted to 1,000 to reduce the gathering, for that the number of booths in Tirtol constituency has increased from 265 to 373 and in Balasore from 198 to 347.

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All booths have been sanitised frequently prior to the bypolls and they will also be sanitised on the day of polling, the provision for handwashing and sanitising for the voters have been made at all the booths, said the Chief Electoral Officer. All the polling officers deployed on duty have been screened and only healthy personnel have been roped in duty. They all have been provided with COVID kit including a face mask, face shield, sanitiser, gloves, PPE kit, etc, he added.

The thermal screening will be conducted for all the voters at all the polling booths, any voter found to have a higher temperature or having any symptoms will be segregated and, provided with a voting token and will be allowed to vote in the last hour.
Each voter will be given one glove to put on the right hand to perform all the polling process using the same hand.

About 3,500 polling personnel, 800 ASHA workers, and an equal number of volunteers have been engaged for polling duty. Around 90 platoons of the police force, 250 officers and six companies of CAPF have been deployed, said Mr Lohani.

Also Read: WHO Lauds Odisha Government For Efficient COVID-19 Management, Despite Cyclone Amphan, Influx Of Migrants

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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