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Bihar Election Dates 2020 Announcement LIVE Updates: Polls to be Held on October 28, November 3 and 7, Counting of Votes on November 10

News18.com | September 25, 2020, 13:24 IST
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Bihar Poll Dates 2020 Announcement LIVE Updates: The Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases from October 28, chief election commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Friday. Voting in the first phase will be held on October 28, the second phase will be on November 3 and the third phase will be on November 7. The counting of votes will be on November 10.

In the first phase, 71 seats will go to polls, 94 seats will be in phase-2 and 78 seats will go to polls in the third phase. Addressing the press conference, he said these will be perhaps the largest election anywhere in the world during Covid-19, and listed precautionary measures taken by the poll panel and authorities. Among the precautionary steps taken, Arora said that polling time will be increased by one hour and will now be from 7am to 6pm, except in areas affected by Maoist extremism, due to Covid-19.
Sep 25, 2020 13:24 (IST)

"In first 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,” CEC Sunil Arora said.  

Sep 25, 2020 13:22 (IST)

BIHAR ASSEMBLY POLLS SCHEDULE:

- 1st Phase: 28 October, 71 Seats

- 2nd Phase: 3 November, 94 Seats

- 3rd Phase: 7 November, 78 Seats

- Counting: 10 November

Sep 25, 2020 13:15 (IST)

Assembly Polls in Bihar Between Oct 28 & Nov 7, Counting on Nov 10  | Assembly elections in Bihar will be held in three phases between October 28 and November 7. Counting of votes will take place on November 10, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

Sep 25, 2020 13:10 (IST)

Bihar Elections to be Held in Three Phases | Assembly elections in Bihar will be held in three phases, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

Sep 25, 2020 13:05 (IST)

 “The social media platforms are expected to make adequate arrangements to safeguard against misuse of their platforms & set up strict protocols to handle such issues as and when they arise,” Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said.

Sep 25, 2020 13:02 (IST)

‘Model Code of Conduct Stands Enforced With this Announcement’: CEC |“As we talk, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) stands enforced with this announcement. The Commission has already made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of MCC guidelines: Chief Election Commissioner,” Sunil Arora said.

Sep 25, 2020 12:58 (IST)

“To further decongest polling stations and allow more free movement of voters, polling time has been increased by 1 hour. It'll be held from 7 am-6 pm, instead of 7 am-5 pm earlier. However, this will not be applicable to Left-wing affected areas,” CEC Sunil Arora said while addressing a press conference to announce the schedule for Bihar assembly polls.

Sep 25, 2020 12:56 (IST)

‘Covid-19 Patients Will Be Able to Cast Votes on Last Day of Polls’ |“Covid-19 patients who're 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. This is beside the option of postal facility already extended to them,” CEC Sunil Arora said.  

Sep 25, 2020 12:53 (IST)

“As days and months passed and Covid-19 showed no signs of abetting, it was realised that some way would have to be found to balance the democratic rights of the electorate while also making sincere and systematic efforts to protect health amd safety of people,” CEC Sunil Arora during press conference to announce the election schedule for Bihar assembly polls.

Sep 25, 2020 12:51 (IST)

“The term of assembly in the state of Bihar is due to expire on 29th November, 2020. Bihar assembly has a strength of 243 members, of whom 38 seats are reserved for SCs and two for STs,” Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Friday.

Sep 25, 2020 12:49 (IST)

Polling Time Increased by One Hour | Covid-19 positive voters will cast their votes during the last day of the polling, Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora said. He added that the polling time has been increased by one hour and will be held from 7am to 6pm.

Sep 25, 2020 12:45 (IST)

'7 Lakh Sanitizers, 46 Lakh Masks Arranged' | Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora said that the poll body has held several interactions with CEO of Bihar and these are some of the arrangements being made for the conduct of assembly elections amid coronavirus pandemic:

- 7 lakh sanitizers

- 46 lakh masks

-  6 lakh PPE kits

- 7.6 lakh units of face shields

-23 lakh unit of hand gloves

Sep 25, 2020 12:40 (IST)

“Today, we are here to announce the elections of one of the largest states of India, Bihar. If you see, the relative statistics, this is the biggest election in the world amid Covid times,” the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora said on Friday.

Sep 25, 2020 12:33 (IST)

The Election Commission press conference to announce the dates for Bihar assembly elections begins.

Sep 25, 2020 12:29 (IST)

EC Also Decides to Hold 65 Pending By-elections | Along with the assembly polls, the Election Commission has also decided to hold 65 pending by-elections to fill vacancies in various assemblies and one in Lok Sabha. The bypolls were deferred due to excessive rains and the pandemic. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who leads a coalition with the BJP, will fight for a fourth term in these elections, with the opposition RJD and the Congress challenging him.

Sep 25, 2020 12:26 (IST)

Samajwadi Party Puts Weight Behind RJD Picks for Bihar Elections to 'Save Farmers, Youth' | The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) announced that it will not contest the upcoming Bihar Assembly Polls on Monday evening and instead, the party would support the candidates of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). The announcement was made on the SP's official Twitter handle. In 2015, when the grand alliance was formed, the then Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had joined the alliance but right before the state assembly polls, Yadav broke all ties. However, this time SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav has announced the support for RJD candidates, though his party will not be a part of any alliance. Read full story here.

Sep 25, 2020 12:15 (IST)

ALSO READ | Necessary Preparations to Conduct Bihar Assembly Polls on Time Underway: Chief Election Commissioner

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Sep 25, 2020 12:03 (IST)

The EC is set to announce the schedule for Bihar assembly elections on Friday. The top court was hearing the plea filed by one Ajay Kumar who contended that the general assembly elections cannot be held smoothly due to the pandemic. The plea sought to hold the Bihar Assembly elections till the situation becomes normal.

Sep 25, 2020 11:59 (IST)

SC Refuses to Entertain Plea for Deferment of Bihar Assembly Polls | The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking to postpone the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M R Shah also refused to grant liberty to the petitioner to give representation to the Election Commission in this regard.

Sep 25, 2020 11:53 (IST)

Streets in Bihar Witness a 'Poster War' Ahead of Polls | A new battle is being waged between the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the opposition Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) on the streets through posters, as parties take political potshots at each other or use sarcastic messages to corner one another ahead of the state polls this year. The posters are being pasted on the roads of Patna which have also become the centre of attraction for the common people. For the last one week, 'poster wars' are being fought on the streets. Read full story here.

Sep 25, 2020 11:48 (IST)

Necessary Preparations Underway | “CEO Bihar has been provided an additional number of EVMs including VVPATs. At present, the work of FLC is continuing in all the districts, in the presence of representatives of political parties, following due safety measures prescribed under COVID-19 guidelines,”  Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora told News18 in an interview in July.

Sep 25, 2020 11:48 (IST)

Necessary Preparations Underway | “CEO Bihar has been provided an additional number of EVMs including VVPATs. At present, the work of FLC is continuing in all the districts, in the presence of representatives of political parties, following due safety measures prescribed under COVID-19 guidelines,”  Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora told News18 in an interview in July.

Sep 25, 2020 11:46 (IST)

“The number of electors per polling station (PS) will be restricted to a maximum of one thousand (as opposed to the current limit of 1500). Thus, auxiliary polling stations would be created - for instance, 33,797 additional PSs are being planned for Bihar. All related requirements of augmented security forces, polling equipment, machinery and polling staff for duty will be arranged for,” Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora told News18 in an interview in July.

Sep 25, 2020 11:41 (IST)

In July, in an exclusive interview with News18 India, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora said that necessary preparations to conduct the Bihar Assembly elections in time are underway. “Commission, on its part, will ensure that Covid-19 related Standard Operating Procedures are followed at all stages. All stakeholders including Political parties during their campaigning will have to collectively ensure that the relevant safety guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority and public health authorities are followed in letter and spirit. All Advisories and Guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), under the Disaster Management Act, which if in force during the period of the election process, shall be adhered to,” Arora had said.

Sep 25, 2020 11:36 (IST)

ALSO READ | Bihar Assembly Election Dates to be Announced By Election Commission At 12.30pm

This will be the first state election to be held in India since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Sep 25, 2020 11:35 (IST)

Guidelines have also been issued for polling day, with the number of polling stations being increased. A maximum of 1,000 voters being allowed to vote at a polling station. Earlier, the maximum number was 1500. All voters will also be asked to wear face masks, which they will be asked to remove briefly for identification at the time of voting.

Sep 25, 2020 11:34 (IST)

Restrictions on Campaigning, Roadshows amid Pandemic | Since Bihar elections will be held during the pandemic, preparations being done are different from the ones done earlier for elections held before Covid. The EC has imposed restrictions on campaigning, saying only five people can campaign door-to-door. It has also restricted candidate convoy for roadshows to five vehicles, among other measures.

Sep 25, 2020 11:33 (IST)

First State Election Since Coronavirus Pandemic | Last week, a team of Deputy Election Commissioners had returned from the state and submitted their report on the feasibility of conducting polls to the Commission. On the impact of Covid-19 on the election, the CEC has highlighted how Covid-19 exigencies and social distancing measures have been introduced to safely conduct the polls.

Sep 25, 2020 11:29 (IST)

Bihar Assembly Election Dates to be Announced Today | The Election Commission of India will announce the dates for the assembly elections in Bihar at 12.30 pm on Friday. This will be the first state election to be held in India since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The elections are likely to be held in mid-October, in more than one phase because of Covid-19 precautions. Bihar has to elect a new 243-member assembly by November 29.

Bihar Election Dates 2020 Announcement LIVE Updates: Polls to be Held on October 28, November 3 and 7, Counting of Votes on November 10
CEC Sunil Arora addresses a press conference in Delhi on Friday.

As soon as the dates are announced, the Model Code of Conduct will be enforced in the state. Bihar has to elect a new 243-member assembly by November 29. The Election Commission has decided not to hold 65 pending by-elections to fill vacancies in various assemblies and one in Lok Sabha simultaneously with the Bihar elections. The bypolls were already deferred due to excessive rains and the pandemic.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who leads a coalition with the BJP, will fight for a fourth term in these elections, with the opposition RJD and the Congress challenging him.

Last week, a team of Deputy Election Commissioners had returned from the state and submitted their report on the feasibility of conducting polls to the Commission.

On the impact of Covid-19 on the election, the CEC has highlighted how Covid-19 exigencies and social distancing measures have been introduced to safely conduct the polls.

Since Bihar elections will be held during the pandemic, preparations being done are different from the ones done earlier for elections held before Covid. The EC has imposed restrictions on campaigning, saying only five people can campaign door-to-door. It has also restricted candidate convoy for roadshows to five vehicles, among other measures.

Guidelines have also been issued for polling day, with the number of polling stations being increased. A maximum of 1,000 voters being allowed to vote at a polling station. Earlier, the maximum number was 1500. All voters will also be asked to wear face masks, which they will be asked to remove briefly for identification at the time of voting.