Deccan Herald : Sep 25, 2020, 04:20 PM
New Delhi: The Election Commission announced the schedule for Bihar assembly elections on Friday. The polls will take place between October 28 and November 7. The results will be announced on November 10Key things to know:1. The term of the 243-member Bihar legislative assembly comes to an end on November 29.2. Bihar assembly has a strength of 243 members, of whom 38 seats are reserved for SCs and two for STs3. EC Commissioner Sunil Arora says stringent health and safety protocols will be implemented in these elections. Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 is likely to be one of the biggest elections in the Covid-19 terms, said Arora.4. 23 lakh gloves, 7 lakh sanitisers, 46 lakh masks, and 6 lakh PPEs to be distributed to voters5. Polling time increased by one hour: will now take place between 7 am to 6 pm6. Number of polling booths are being marked so that voters can maintain social distancing. Also, the number of voters in each booth has been reduced from 1,500 to 1,000.Polling stations will be increased to 1,5007. Over 1.75 lakh VVPATS will be deployed in the Bihar Assembly Elections8. All polling stations will be located on the ground floor so that all people with diabilities can also can take9. Campaigns, road shows will be allowed, but no physical contact will be allowed10. 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 the postal facility already extended to them11. For voters specifically, 7.2 crore single-use hand gloves will be arranged12. The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) stands enforced with EC's announcement. The Commission has already made elaborate arrangements for ensuring effective implementation of MCC guidelines.