New Delhi, October 12
The Election Commission (EC) today announced that over 52,000 eligible voters have opted for postal ballots in 71 Bihar Assembly constituencies, which will go to the polls in the first phase on October 28.
It said the election officials reached out to voters who are either senior citizens above 80 years of age or are people with disabilities and eligible for postal ballots. Booth-level officers (BLOs) of these constituencies reached out to more than four lakh such electors, it added.
These voters will be provided postal ballots on pre-informed date(s) by the returning officers (ROs) with proper security and video graphing arrangements to ensure secrecy, safety and transparency in the process. This is the first time that the postal ballot facility is being extended to both categories in the Bihar elections. — TNS
Nitish launches poll campaign
Patna: Launching poll campaign for the JD-U, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Monday ridiculed the RJD’s claim of approving 10 lakh government jobs at the very first Cabinet on coming to power and wondered whether Cabinet meetings were held properly during the 15 years of its rule. He, however, did not take any name while making light of the assertion of the opposition party on this count. — PTI