In a major decision, the Election Commission of India has banned all kinds of tobacco in polling booths.
This will be applicable from next year’s general elections.
It is said that this is primarily a bid to effectively implement tobacco control laws in the country.
The Commission has asked all states and UTs to issue instructions to district electoral officers-cum-district magistrates to ensure prohibition of not just smoking but also the use of chewable tobacco in all polling booths.
As per the guidelines, each polling booth will have a banner put up, saying the same.
The presiding officer of each polling booth will be nominated as nodal officer for ensuring tobacco-free status at their booths.
All district tobacco control cells will supervise and monitor this campaign to sensitise people on ill effects of tobacco. >