By-Poll: Odisha Amends Unlock Guidelines For Tirtol & Balasore Constituencies

Bhubaneswar: In view of the ensuing by-elections to the two vacant assembly seats of Tirtol and Balasore assembly constituencies on November 3, Odisha Government today made amendment in the prevalent unlock guidelines only for the two assembly jurisdictions.

As per the order issued by the Office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), “In view of the Bye-Election to the 102- Tirtol (SC) Assembly Constituency in Jagatsinghpur district and 038- Balasore Assembly Constituency in Balasore district announced by the Election Commission of India to be held on 3rd November, 2020, political meetings and other functions/gatherings in connection with the said Bye-Election, as permitted by the ECI/CEO, Odisha or the empowered/authorized officers on that behalf, shall be allowed within the jurisdiction of the said Assembly Constituencies only subject to the following conditions:

a. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 200 persons. Wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, provision of thermal scanning and use of handwash or sanitizer will be mandatory.

b. In open spaces, keeping the size of the ground/open space in view, the District Administration shall give permission for gathering for such number of persons as would be appropriate for ensuring strict observance of the physical distancing norms. Wearing of masks, provision of thermal scanning and use of handwash or sanitizer will be mandatory.”

The District Magistrate of the concerned district shall ensure strict enforcement of the conditions for holding the political meetings and other functions/ gatherings in connection with the said Bye-Election.
This order will come into force with immediate effect.

Notably, the social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations have been prohibited till 31.10.2020 across the State.