Bihar elections to be conducted in three phases between Oct 28 and Nov 7, results on Nov 10

The first election ever since the coronavirus pandemic started in the country is all set to be conducted in three phases between October 28 and November 7. The results of the elections will be declared on November 10, Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora said on Friday.

“In 1st phase, 71 Assembly constituencies in 16 districts, including most of the LWE (Left wing extremism) affected districts will go for poll. In 2nd phase, 94 Assembly constituencies in 17 districts & in 3rd phase, 78 Assembly constituencies in 15 districts will go for poll,” Sunil Arora said.

The Chief Election Commissioner also said that polling time has been increased by 1 hour to further decongest polling stations & allow more free movement of voters. Polling will be held from 7 am-6 pm, instead of 7 am-5 pm. However, he added that this will not be applicable to Left-wing affected areas.

Keeping in view the coronavirus situation in India, Sunil Arora mentioned that patients who are quarantined will be able to cast their vote on the last day of poll, at their respective polling stations, under the supervision of health authorities. He added, “This is beside the option of postal facility already extended to them.”

He also mentioned that over 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 have been arranged. He added that for voters specifically, 7.2 crore single-use hand gloves arranged.

(With ANI inputs)

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