Bihar Assembly Elections: The first polls after the outbreak of the coronavirus. The elections will be held in three phases. The first phase of the elections will be held on October 28, the second phase on November 3 and the third, on November 7.
The results of the Bihar assembly will be announced on November 10.
In the first phase, 71 seats will be covered on October 28, on November 3, 94 seats will be covered, 78 seats will be covered on November 7.
"Elections entail large scale deployment of security forces. We have tried to minimise their movement over a long distance," says Sunil Arora. This is due to their fatigue as well as Covid-19, he added. "We have reduced the number of phases due to this," he said.
Postal ballots have been extended to people above the age of 80 years. Wherever required and asked for, the facility will be extended. Further, voters with disabilities, and who are suffering from Covid-19, will be taken care of, he added.
All elections meetings will be monitored by-election and health officials. Public gatherings can take place following social distancing norms. The District Election Officers will decide on the number of people allowed in gatherings. The number of people accompanying a candidate for submission of nomination restricted to 2. Door to door campaign restricted to five including the candidate.
More 7 lakh hand sanitiser units, about 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh units of faces-shields, 23 lakh (pairs of) hand gloves arranged.
The total electors in Bihar in 2015 was 67 million. The number has increased to 72 million.