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Broad Guidelines for Conduct of General Elections/Bye- Elections During COVID-19

Date Enacted: August 2020
Country: India
Region: South Asia

The Election Commission of India published guidelines for election conduct during COVID “with respect to key activities of the conduct of elections, considering the upcoming General Elections and bye-elections in various States/UTs during the period of COVID-19.” Measures include “general guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons” and “polling station arrangements” (including procedures for “COVID-19 patients who are quarantined” to “cast their vote at the last hour of the poll day at their respective Polling Stations, under the supervision of health authorities, strictly following COVID-19 related preventive measures”). Additionally, the guidelines extend the “option of postal ballot facility” to, among others, electors “who are marked as Persons with Disabilities (PwD),” “above the age of 80 years,” and/or “who are COVID-19 positive/suspect and in quarantine.”