AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Sept. 25, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the dates of the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the 243-member assembly would go to the polls in 3 phases, with the first phase beginning on October 28. The results will be declared on November 10.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the first phase of 71 seats will be held in 16 districts, encompassing 31,000 voting booths.
Elections will be held for 94 seats in 17 districts in the second phase, in which 42,000 voting booths will be involved. In the third phase, elections will be held in 33,500 voting booths across 15 districts.
- First Phase: October 28
- Second Phase: November 3
- Third Phase: October 7
- Results will be out on November 10
Election Commission made these rules:
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora told the media that out of 243 seats in the state, 38 have been reserved for SC and 2 for ST. Along with this, the time for casting votes has also been increased. This time voting will be from 7 am to 6 pm, whereas earlier it was from 7 am to 5 pm.
- Only 2 people will go for the enrollment
- Roadshows will have only 5 vehicles
- Security deposits will be deposited online
- Voting time extended by one hour
- 7 lakh hand sanitizers, 46 lakh masks and 6 lakh PPE kits will be used
- 6.7 lakh units face-shields, 23 lakh (pairs) arrangement of hand gloves
- Provision of 7.2 million single-use gloves exclusively for voters
The elections were postponed in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic in response to demands from political parties. The Election Commission issued a set of guidelines to follow the entire process.
The Election Commission has informed that in view of the corona epidemic, 7 lakh hand sanitizers, 46 lakh masks and 6 lakh PPE kits will be used.
Social distancing will be strictly followed and everyone must wear masks at polling stations. The Election Commission guidelines state that people with high temperatures must vote in the last one hour of the voting process and there will be no more than a thousand voters at a booth.
The term of the current assembly in Bihar will end on November 29. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, elections have been postponed in around 70 countries.