Thiruvananthapuram: The cabinet has approved the ordinance to allow COVID-19 patients to cast postal votes in the upcoming local body polls.
The ordinance allows COVID-19 patients and other voters suffering from physical ailments to cast postal votes.
Also, it has been decided to refund the one month’s salary of government employees which was cut during the COVID-19 times.
The ordinance was issued amending the Panchayat Raj and Municipality Acts. The cabinet also discussed the action to be taken if COVID-19 was confirmed on the previous day of the election.
However, the cabinet decided that the Election Commission can take an appropriate decision in this regard. The time of election has been extended from 7 am to 6 pm. All these changes will be part of the ordinance.
The government also decided to re-promulgate 23 expired ordinances.