Bihar to go to polls in three phases from Oct 28 to Nov 7


*Polling dates: First phase, October 28; second phase, November 3 and third phase, November 7.

*Bihar polls to be held in three phases; 1st phase to cover 71 assembly constituencies, 2nd phase for 94 seats and 3rd will have 78: EC.   

*Counting for all three phases will take place on November 10.

*Number of phases for 243-member Bihar assembly polls reduced keeping in mind security arrangements, festive season: EC.

*Social media use for mischievous purposes, flaring up communal tension will have consequences; hate speech to be dealt with harshly: EC.

*Postal ballot facility will be provided wherever required and requested: EC on Bihar polls during COVID-19 pandemic.

*EC on Bihar polls: 7 lakh hand sanitisers, 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields, 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves arranged.

* Social distancing norms need to be followed at public gatherings during election campaign: CEC Sunil Arora.

*Bihar polls: EC says voting time to be extended by one hour till 6 pm; COVID-19 patients can vote in last hour of the day.

*COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new normal in all aspects of life; Bihar polls to be held under new security protocols: Election Commission.

*Bihar assembly polls will be one of the biggest elections globally to be held during prevailing COVID-19 situation: Election Commission. PTI and TNS

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