Today, in a press conference, the Election Commission announced that the Bihar Elections will be held on October 28, November 3 & 7 and the results will be declared on November 10.
The polls will be held in three phases this year, fewer than the normal, observing the COVID-19 pandemic. With this announcement, the Model Code of Conduct comes into force in the state.
“Three phases of voting in Bihar elections this year. The first phase will see 71 Assembly constituencies in 16 districts will go to polls; the second phase will see 94 constituencies in 17 districts; the third phase will see 78 constituencies in 15 districts,” Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said.
Polling has been extended by one hour from 7 am to 6 pm to avoid crowding. The quarantined COVID-19 patients will be able to cast their vote as a period of time has been reserved for them, under the supervision of health authorities.
CEC Arora said, “The Bihar polls are likely to be the largest elections conducted during the pandemic given there are with 72.9 million electors in the state.”