Bihar election poll dates and Guidelines

 

On Friday Election Commission stated the election polls for the Bihar legislative Assembly will be held in three phases. The first phase will start on 28 October.

Bihar election

As you know the state’s ruling party NDA (National Democratic Alliance) of Janata Dal-United, Bhartiya Janata Party, and Lok Janshakti Party is standing against Alliance led by Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress.

This is the first time that RJD the main opposition party is fighting an election while its leader and former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad is in prison.

The voting will be held in 3 phases from 28 October, 3 November, and 7 November respectively and the final votes will be counted on 10th November.

Polls will be held on till 6 p.m and the last hour will be dedicated to those who are COVID-19 positive or in Quarantine and in left-wing extremism affected areas polling will end at 5 p.m.

At a Press Conference Chief election commissioner, Sunil Arora said that the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) stands enforced as we talk.

There were about 8.87 lakh migrants across 38 district out of this 16.6 lakh were eligible to vote 13.3 lakh had their names already on the rolls. During the process of updation, 2.3 lakh voters were registered and the process of updation is still on reports from field units and collected by Chief Electoral officer Bihar shows that.

Due to reverse migration more than 3 million people are estimated to have returned to Bihar after a nationwide lockdown.

The Assembly elections for 243 seats in Bihar are due in October-November and the tenure of the current Assembly is scheduled to end on November 29.

Election Commission has issued a guidelines for election.

Guidelines:

  • Every person should wear a smart during every election related activity.
  • Door to door campaign will not be held and it is restricted only five including the candidate but excluding the security personnel are allowed for outdoor campagning.
  • Thermal screening will be done at booths. Sanitizer, soap and water will be available at a every booth.
  • Large hall should be identified as both and counting Centre so that social distancing can be maintained.
  • The convoy of vehicles will be should be broken after every 5 vehicles instead of 10 vehicles the interval between two seats of convoy of vehicle should be half an hour instead of gap of half 100 meters.
  • Nomination form will be available online it can be filled online and its print may be taken out by submitting and affidavit can also be filed online.
  • Candidates can deposit security money online through the cash deposit option will also be there.
  • Only two person can accompany a candidate for submission of nomination  and only two vehicles will be allowed during the nomination filing process. Not more than 7 counting table should be allowed in a counting hall. Hence, 3 to 4 halls may be taken up for the counting of votes of one constituency.
  • Every person should wear a smart during every election related activity.
  • Door to door campaign will not be held and it is restricted only five including the candidate but excluding the security personnel are allowed for outdoor campagning.
  • Thermal screening will be done at booths. Sanitizer, soap and water will be available at a every booth.
  • Large hall should be identified as both and counting Centre so that social distancing can be maintained.
  • The convoy of vehicles will be should be broken after every 5 vehicles instead of 10 vehicles the interval between two seats of convoy of vehicle should be half an hour instead of gap of half 100 meters.
  • Nomination form will be available online it can be filled online and its print may be taken out by submitting and affidavit can also be filed online.
  • Candidates can deposit security money online through the cash deposit option will also be there.
  • Only two person can accompany a candidate for submission of nomination  and only two vehicles will be allowed during the nomination filing process. Not more than 7 counting table should be allowed in a counting hall. Hence, 3 to 4 halls may be taken up for the counting of votes of one constituency.
  • The maximum number of voters at polling station in Bihar has been reduced from 1,500 to 1000.
  • The Election Commission earlier decided not to extend the postal ballot facility to voters over 65 years citing challenges and constraints to implement this rule.
  • The postal ballot rule would however be applicable for voters over the age of 18 disabled or those suffering from coronavirus.

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