POLLS TO BE HELD ON OCT 28, NOV 3, AND NOV 7, RESULTS ON NOV 10 : ELECTION COMMISSION
Bihar Election Dates Announced: In a press conference on Friday which was held in the national capital the Election commission declared the dates for Bihar Assembly polls. According to the announcement, Assembly elections in Bihar will take place in 3 phases starting from October 28. The first phase of Assembly polls will be held on October 28, the second phase on November 3, and third on November 7. Results for the Bihar Assembly Elections will be declared on November 10.
The phases have been condensed due to the pandemic. The 243-member Bihar legislative assembly arises to an end on November 29.
Bihar is the first state of the country to go for Assembly polls ever since the commencement of the corvid-19. As per Election Commission, the first phase election will take place in 16 districts on 71 seats, second phase election will be held in 17 districts on 94 seats and third phase polling will be held in 15 districts on 78 seats.
Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 Schedule
Last date of nomination in Bihar election: October 16
Scrutiny of nomination: October 9
Last date to withdraw candidatures: October 12
Bihar Election date: October 28 (Phase 1), November 3 (Phase 2), and November 7 (Phase 3)
Bihar election result date: November 10
Bihar Elections 2020 Guidelines
By seeing the pandemic situation, the Election Commission also declared numerous SOPs which shall be strictly followed to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus. The poll body said that due to Covid-19, polling time has been increased by 1 hour. Electorates can cast their votes between 7 am to 6 pm.
EC also said that only 1,000 voters permitted to cast vote at a polling booth in the state. 7 lakh sanitizers, 46 lakh face masks, and 6 lakh face shields have also been organized for the elections.
Bihar is the first state of the country to go for Assembly polls ever since the commencement of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The poll body also stated that not more than 2 vehicles to be used by the candidate while on his/her way to file nomination. For candidates, the Election Commission said that it will be compulsory to follow social distancing norms while campaigning.
It also said that electorates who are Covid-19 positive will vote in the last hour of polling.
The poll body announced the schedule for the by-election to one Lok Sabha and 64 assembly seats spread across 15 states. The bypoll to the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, which was incomplete due to Covid-19, will now take place on
SC Refuses To Postpone Bihar Elections 2020
Earlier in the day, Supreme Court declined to entertain a plea seeking to postpone the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy, and M R Shah also refused to grant liberty to the petitioner to give representation to the Election Commission in this regard.
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