Bihar Assembly elections: EC finalises guidelines for holding polls during COVID-19, may allow virtual, physical campaigns in state – India News , Firstpost

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Based on sources, the ballot panel might depart it to the native authorities to determine the quantity of people that can take part in rallies after retaining in thoughts the scale of the venue and social distancing norms

Bihar, the place Meeting elections shall be held later this yr amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is prone to witness a mixture of digital and bodily campaigning by political events.

The Election Fee is prone to be open to the idea of a mixture of digital and bodily campaigning in Bihar and it may be carried out in different elections if they’re held amid the pandemic, sources within the ballot panel stated.

They stated sure restrictions on bodily campaigning had been a should to maintain a verify on the unfold of coronavirus.

The fee has finalised a set of tips for holding the upcoming elections and by-elections throughout COVID-19 and these might be introduced this week. The rules have been framed primarily based on the inputs of political events and chief electoral officers of varied states.

On the problem of holding rallies, the fee might depart it to the native authorities to determine the quantity of people that can take part after retaining in thoughts the scale of the venue and social distancing norms, the sources stated.

The EC is prone to limit to 2 the quantity of people that can accompany a candidate whereas submitting nomination papers.

The fee might also permit on-line submissions of paperwork. It might additionally not permit greater than three individuals for door-to-door marketing campaign.

To make sure social distancing, the ballot panel has restricted the variety of voters per polling station in Bihar to 1,000.

In view of this compulsion, the state is creating roughly 34,000 extra polling stations which is 45 % greater than the same old quantity, and can enhance the overall variety of polling stations to round 1,06,000.

In a memorandum to the Election Fee final month, some Opposition events of Bihar had expressed reservation over digital meets as a medium of campaigning, saying it disturbs a stage enjoying area.

“Based on TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), solely just a little over half the inhabitants has a cell phone. Solely 34 % has a smartphone,” the memorandum had stated.

However the EC is learnt to be open to the thought of digital campaigning and the proposed tips might comprise of particulars on the problem, the sources stated.

The time period of the Bihar legislative Meeting involves an finish on 29 November and the polls are prone to he held someday in October-November.

A number of bypolls had been just lately postponed primarily as a result of coronavirus and heavy rains. No contemporary schedule has been introduced as but.

The authorities have requested individuals to put on face masks and preserve social distancing, amongst different norms, to verify the unfold of the novel coronavirus which has contaminated over 1 lakh individuals in Bihar.

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