Bihar meeting polls on time: EC sources

New Delhi, August 23

The meeting elections in Bihar, due later this 12 months, could be held on time, extremely positioned sources within the Election Commission stated on Sunday amid calls for by some political events for suspending the polls in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The time period of the 243-member Bihar legislative meeting involves an finish on November 29.

Indications are that the polls may very well be held someday in October-November.

“Bihar elections are definitely happening on time,” a senior official of the ballot panel stated on Sunday.

The state’s principal opposition get together, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, has questioned the necessity for holding the elections amid the pandemic. The Lok Janshakti Party, a constituent of the ruling NDA, has urged the ballot panel to postpone the polls in view of the pandemic.

Some different events just like the NCP and the National People’s Party to have demanded suspending the elections.

Political events had just lately responded to a letter from the EC looking for options on the best way to conduct campaigning in the course of the pandemic for the upcoming Bihar elections and sure different by-elections.

Last week, the Commission had come out with a set of broad pointers to carry elections and by-elections amid the pandemic.

Voters shall be supplied with gloves to press digital voting machine (EVM) buttons and COVID-19 sufferers in quarantine shall be allowed to vote on the final hour of the polling day, in line with the rules issued by the EC.

A separate set of pointers could be issued for voters who’re residing in areas notified as COVID-19 “containment zone”.

The fee has beneficial obligatory sanitisation of polling stations, ideally a day earlier than polling.

Thermal scanners could be positioned on the entry level of each polling station. Polling or paramedical workers will conduct thermal screening of voters on the entry level of a polling station, it stated.

In case an election can’t be held earlier than the time period of the meeting ends, the EC seeks a certificates from the Law Ministry to postpone the elections, detailing the explanations.

The state then comes beneath the central rule within the absence of an elected legislature. PTI

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