Chennai Corporation to give PPE kits to covid affected voters on poll day

Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner and District Election Officer G Prakash, on Thursday, said that voters infected with COVID will be given PPE kits at the booths on polling day.

“The ECI has instructed that PPE be provided to voters at the booths. Due to several protocols, the polling duration has been increased to 12 hours and would be held from 7 am to 7 pm, “ Prakash said after a meeting with representatives of political parties.

No application, however, has been received from COVID patients to cast postal voters, but around 7,300 voters above 80 years of age and persons with disabilities will cast their votes from homes. “The last date for applying for postal votes ended on March 16. Logically, those infected would be cured by polling day,” he said.

During the meeting, the civic body requested political parties to make their booth agents and party workers above 45 years of age get the vaccine. Also, Prakash handed over the list of 7,300 people who would exercise their franchise from home to the party representatives.