Announcing the ballot schedule for the 243-member Bihar meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora stated that it’s going to be one of many greatest elections globally to be held in the course of the prevailing Covid-19 state of affairs.
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- Last Updated: September 25, 2020, 2:07 PM IST
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Voting for Bihar meeting elections will be held in three phases — first on October 28, second on November 3 and the third on November 7 — whereas counting of all votes will happen on November 10, the Election Commission introduced on Friday.
Announcing the ballot schedule for the 243-member Bihar meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora stated, “There was no end to the battle against coronavirus, thus some way had to be found a way to balance the democratic rights of people to elect a public representative and also keep public health in place.”
He stated these will be one of many greatest elections globally to be held in the course of the prevailing Covid-19 state of affairs. He stated the world has modified considerably for the reason that final elections which had been held for Delhi meeting and the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled a brand new regular in each facet of our life.
Arora stated polling will be held on 71 seats in the primary part, 94 seats in second part, 78 seats in third part. The time period for the Bihar meeting ends on November 29.
Defending the elections being held in the center of the pandemic, Arora referred to as it a “leap of faith” and stated it was not a leap in the darkish, mentioning that medical and engineering exams JEE and NEET additionally passed off lately. “Life has to go on,” he instructed reporters.
He stated quite a lot of essential steps have been taken conserving Covid-19 state of affairs in thoughts.
Compared to 2015 the place there have been 65,337 polling cubicles, there are greater than a lakh polling cubicles this time round, and no more than 1,000 voters per sales space will be allowed in contrast to 1,500 earlier. Bihar has recorded an citizens depend of seven.29 crore for these polls.
He stated the variety of phases have been diminished this time round. “We tried to make sure there is minimum travel of security personnel from other parts of the country to cut down infection risk. Also period of election and phases shortened. We have also kept festival season in mind before finalising the dates,” he stated.
Among the steps taken are an additional voting hour, separate voting for Covid-19 sufferers, suspects and these in quarantine, and no bodily contact in the course of the marketing campaign, he introduced. Polling time has been elevated to 7am to 6pm, he stated, besides in areas affected by left-wing extremism.
Here are a number of the precautionary steps taken by the EC:
Covid-19 sufferers can vote at cubicles in the final one hour that too below the supervision of a well being officer.
Nodal well being officers will be appointed in any respect districts.
Candidates can file nomination each on-line and offline, safety cash also can be submitted digitally. Election certificates can be procured digitally.
All election Meetings should be held with social distancing following well being protocol. It will be monitored in any respect ranges.
All bodily contact has been prohibited.
All door-to-door assembly ought to be restricted to 5 individuals, together with candidate. Not greater than two can be current with candidate throughout nomination.
Seven lakh hand sanitisers, 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields and 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been organized for Bihar polls,
Postal poll facility will be offered wherever required and requested.