The Election Commission of India on Friday released the guidelines for the conduct of general elections and by-elections across the country during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown and social distancing norms in place. 

According to the guidelines issued by the Election Commission, ‘a candidate can file his nomination through online modes, while the commission has made it mandatory for people to wear a face mask during any election-related activities.  

“The option of postal ballot facility has been extended to the electors who are marked as ‘persons with disabilities’, people above the age of 80 years, people employed in notified essential services and who are COVID-19 positive/possibly infected”, Election Commission of India said

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