New Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Friday, announced that the Bihar assembly elections will be conducted in three phases from October 28 and the votes will be counted on November 10.
The Bihar assembly elections will be the first poll to be conducted in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state will elect a new 243-member assembly by November 29.
The country’s biggest election during the pandemic will be held with many changes, including an extra voting hour and no physical contact during the campaign.
Announcing the three-phase election, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora called it a “leap of faith”, pointing out that medical and engineering exams JEE and NEET took place recently and a large number of students sat for them.
“COVID doesn’t show any sign of going down. Some way had to be found to choose representatives and protect the health of people. Life has to go on,” he told reporters.
The world has changed significantly since the last elections, which were held for the Delhi assembly. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new normal in every aspect of our life,” Arora said.
Voting will take place from 7 AM to 6 AM instead of 5 AM.
COVID-19 patients, suspects and those in quarantine will be allowed to vote, but separately and there will be no physical contact during meetings and rallies, said the Chief Election Commissioner.
“COVID-19 patients can vote in the last hour of the day,” Arora said.
Voters have been asked to wear masks and gloves.
Here’s the schedule for Bihar Elections 2020:
In the first phase, 71 seats will be covered. Polls – 28th October.
Date of issue of gazette notification: October 1
Last date of nomination: October 8
Scrutiny of nomination: October 9
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: October 12
Date of polling: October 28.
In the second phase, 94 seats will be covered. Polls – 3rd November.
Date of issue of gazette notification: October 9
Last date of nomination: October 16
Scrutiny of nomination: October 17
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: October 19
Date of polling: November 3
In the third phase, 78 seats will be covered. Polls- 7th November.
Date of issue of gazette notification: October 13
Last date of nomination: October 20
Scrutiny of nomination: October 21
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: October 23
Date of polling: November 7
The results will be declared on 10th November.