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EC Decides Against Postal Ballot Facility To Voters Above 65

New Delhi: After criticism from varied political events, the Election Fee on Thursday stated that it has determined to not prolong the power of postal poll to electors above 65 years of age within the coming Bihar Meeting elections and in bypolls due in close to future.

The Fee, in a press release, stated that it “has been constantly monitoring the electoral preparedness” for the approaching by-elections and the Bihar polls “in view of this unprecedented environment”.

“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.”

Nonetheless, facility of optionally available postal poll to electors who’re above 80 years of age, disabled voters, the electors engaged in important companies and voters who’re Covid- 19 optimistic/suspect in quarantine can be prolonged, it stated.

The fee stated in view of its restrictions on variety of voters at a polling station, Bihar is creating roughly 34,000 further polling stations (45 per cent extra), which can improve 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 the state of Bihar. Similar challenges would be there for the coming by-elections also,” it stated.


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