State government employees and teachers who are to be involved in the counting duty are being subjected to the COVID test on Thursday ahead of the vote counting on May 2.
The polling for the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly took place on April 6 and the counting of votes is scheduled for May 2. In the meanwhile, the entire country is facing a severe surge in the number of COVID cases for the past few weeks and many states have imposed curfews at different stages.
While the Tamil Nadu government has imposed a night curfew along with complete lockdown on Sundays, the Election Commission of India has made it mandatory for all the booth agents of political parties, candidates, government staff, security personnel and other staff members to undergo RT PCR tests before 72 hours of the vote counting.
The test report that proves negative for coronavirus is mandatory for anybody to enter the counting centres. Exemptions are given to those who have administered two doses of vaccines. Following this, state government employees and teachers who are to be involved in the counting duty are being subjected to the COVID test today across the state. This includes all those belonging to the ten constituencies in the Coimbatore district.