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ECI meets top medical experts ahead of assembly election in 5 states

ECI meets top medical experts ahead of assembly election in 5 states

New Delhi: Ahead of the Assembly elections in five states, the Election Commission of India (ECI) met top officials of the health ministry on Thursday to review the Covid-19 situation. The meeting was attended by AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria and ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava, as per official sources.

Additionally, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan was also present at the meeting.

As per sources, a complete review of the prevailing COVID-19 situation was done during the meeting. The inputs of medical experts were taken on ensuring the safety measures during elections.

It was also discussed that complete vaccination among voters and staff should be mandated, sources said. The law and order situation in poll-bound states ahead polls was also held with Union Home Secretary, they added.

The EC asked the health secretary to speed up the vaccination drive of eligible population in poll-bound states. The EC also categorically emphasised ensuring that vaccination to all eligible persons of both first and second dose should be completed.

Earlier on December 27, 2021, the meeting was held between Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and poll officials where they held discussions over the steps needed to conduct polls in the safest manner amid the emergence of a new variant Omicron.

The officials also sought suggestions and a detailed report from Union Health Secretary Bhushan on improving its COVID-19 protocol for poll campaigning, polling days, and the dates of counting.

The Election Commission is prepared for the assembly polls and is expected to announce the dates soon of Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Manipur legislative assemblies are ending on different dates in March and Uttar Pradesh will end in May.

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