At least 292 observers have been appointed and 256 firms of central forces deployed at 108 counting centres unfold throughout 23 districts of the state
The West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 will come to an in depth tomorrow (Sunday, 2 May), after a marketing campaign marred by violence, vicious private assaults and jingoistic fulminations. Counting of votes for the 294 seats that went to polls in eight phases between 27 March and 29 April can be carried out tomorrow from Eight am.
The counting will happen amid strict well being security protocols and restrictions imposed by the Election Commission and the state authorities because the surge in COVID-19 instances continues. As of Friday, the state had 8,28,366 instances.
On Friday, Bengal had registered the very best single-day COVID-19 deaths with 96 folks succumbing to the illness and a report one-day spike of 17,411 new instances of the viral an infection.
A 3-tier safety association has been in place at 108 counting centres the place polled digital voting machines (EVMs), together with voter-verifiable paper audit path (VVPAT) items have been saved in sturdy rooms, he mentioned.
At least 292 observers have been appointed and 256 firms of central forces deployed on the counting centres unfold throughout 23 districts of the state.
South 24 Parganas district has the utmost variety of counting centres at 15, whereas Kalimpong, Alipurduar and Jhargram have one every. Election to the eighth and closing section concluded on 29 April with an estimated turnout of xx p.c.
The majority of exit polls which had been launched after the eighth and closing spherical of voting advised that the ruling TMC may need an edge over the opposition BJP and the Left-Congress-ISF mix.
But, who will get the magic determine of 147 in the home of 294 can be recognized solely after the votes are counted on Sunday.
COVID-19 pointers for counting centres
In view of the rising coronavirus instances within the state, steps have been taken to make sure that COVID pointers are strictly adopted in the course of the counting, the official mentioned.
All the EVMs and VVPATs on the counting centres can be sanitised earlier than the graduation of the method.
“Masks, face shields and sanitiser will be kept outside the centres for those involved in the exercise. At least 15 rounds of sanitisation will be done at each centre during the process. We have made a special arrangement for this,” he mentioned.
The ballot panel has determined to position tables in a counting corridor in such a method in order that social distancing norms are maintained.
“Not more than seven tables, instead of 14, will be allowed in a counting hall. More tables will be placed where we do not have any space constraint,” he mentioned.
According to the EC pointers, candidates and their brokers should produce a destructive COVID check report or double dose of vaccination certificates to get an entry right into a counting centre.
“We have asked the political parties and candidates to give a list of their agents along with a negative test report or vaccination certificate. They will be allowed if they meet the safety requirement,” the official mentioned.
Orders have been issued to all of the district administration to forestall gatherings exterior the counting centres, and actions can be taken in opposition to these concerned within the violation of the rules, he mentioned.
Bengal shuts malls, eateries and spas as instances rise
Meanwhile, the West Bengal authorities on Friday ordered the shutdown of all buying malls, salons, eating places, bars, sports activities complexes, gyms, spas and swimming swimming pools within the state with rapid impact till additional orders, amid the surge in COVID-19 instances.
Social, cultural, educational, entertainment-related gatherings and congregations have additionally been prohibited within the state in the meanwhile, in keeping with the order.
The state on Friday registered the very best single-day COVID-19 deaths with 96 folks succumbing to the illness, the well being division mentioned in a bulletin.
The tally mounted at 8,28,366 with a report one-day spike of 17,411 new instances of an infection.
The state authorities, nonetheless, mentioned actions associated to the electoral counting processes and victory rallies can be guided by the Election Commission protocols.
“The surge in COVID cases is a huge challenge for us. We have taken all forms of measures for Sunday”s counting process. Any violation of measures will attract severe action, including legal one,” the official mentioned.
The EC has banned roadshows and car rallies within the state and famous that the COVID security norms had been being flouted in West Bengal throughout campaigning.
With inputs from PTI