The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday issued the COVID-19 protocol for May 2, when the counting of votes would be held for the recently contested assembly elections.
The candidates and their respective polling agents would be allowed entry inside the counting centres only if they carry COVID-19 negative test report.
Both form of tests – RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests – would be valid for entry in the counting centres, as per the EC order. The test should be conducted within 48 hours before the day of counting.
Counting of votes for all these elections is due on May 2, 2021.
In view of second wave of pandemic and in order to ensure a completely Covid safe arrangements during counting the Commission has been regularly consulting the Chief Secretaries and the Chief Electoral Officers of all 5 poll going States/UT and has taken their views and safety protocol to be followed during the pandemic.