Kudumbashree ADS-CDS Elections will be held following the covid protocols. The Executive Director of Kudumbashree has issued the guidelines regarding the same on 15 January 2022. The ADS elections are now being held following the covid protocols, Also, the CDS elections that is proposed to be held on 25 January 2022 across the state would be conducted following the covid protocols. Earlier, the Government of Kerala had given approval to conduct the elections to the three tier system to identify the new office bearers, following the covid protocols.
The Executive Director had issued the special guidelines regarding the elections, as the covid cases are rising in the state. As per this, the covid positive ADS, CDS, General Body members may get the help of a representative from their respective NHGs to cast their votes. They may submit an affidavit entrusting a representative to cast their votes to the respective Polling Officer through WhatsApp or mail. During the time of election, the representative may call the covid positive member in the presence of the Polling Officer and ensure to whom their vote goes to. If the covid affected member wishes to contest in the election, that should be specially noted in the affidavit.
The election should be conducted either in a hall that has sufficient air circulation or at an open space. It should be ensured that the social distancing is maintained at the areas where the elections are being conducted. All General Body members should wear N95 mask or double surgical masks. Sanitizer should be used during regular intervals. The sanitizers should be made available at the areas where the elections are being held or necessary arrangements should be made for washing the hands with soap and water. To avoid crowds at the CDS elections, ADS office bearers from 5 wards each would attend the elections at a time and they would select the CDS Office Bearers. For this, special time slots has been given to each ward. Covid protocol was ensured at the NHG level elections held across the state during 7-13 January 2022.