No postal poll for electors above 65 years in Bihar Assembly elections, different by-polls: Election Commission

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New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday (July 16) determined to withdraw the power of postal poll to electors above 65 years of age within the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections and different by-elections due in near future in view of security protocols of COVID-19, in line with an official assertion.”Commission has decided not to issue the notification to extend the facility of postal ballot to the electors above 65 years of age in the coming General Elections in Bihar and by-elections due in the near future. However, the facility of optional postal ballot to electors who are above 80 years of age, PwD voters, the electors engaged in essential services and voters who are COVID- 19 positive/suspect in quarantine (home/institutional) will be extended in these elections,” mentioned the assertion.
The Bihar State Election Commission earlier this month had said that coronavirus sufferers and people above the age of 65 can be allowed to vote from home or use postal poll within the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled this yr.
The Commission has already “limited the number of electors to one thousand for each polling station for ease of voting, especially for elderly and vulnerable sections of electors, in COVID-19 situations.”
Notably, the state is creating extra 34,000 (approximately) polling stations (45% extra), which can enhance the whole variety of polling stations to round 1,06,000.  “This would entail formidable logistical challenges of mobilizing 1.8 lakh more polling personnel and other additional resources including requirement of much larger number of vehicles in Bihar,” the EC added. 

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