Bihar elections to on October 28 in 3 phases; Model Code of Conduct comes into force
Chief Election Commission Sunil Arora announced the Bihar Assembly elections will be conducted in three phases – on October 28, November 03 and 07.
New Delhi: Chief Election Commission Sunil Arora announced today that the Bihar Assembly elections will be conducted in three phases – on October 28, November 03 and0 7. The counting of votes and the results will be declared on November 10. 243-member Assembly of Bihar shall end on October 29, 2020.
The Election Commission also said the polls will be held in less number of phases this year in order to reduce the movement of security personnel. This is necessary for their wellbeing in the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic. With this announcement, the Model Code of Conduct comes into force in the State.
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, several measures have been taken for campaigning and polling to ensure the safety of elections candidates and voters.
Addressing the mediapersons here the Chief Election Commission Mr. Sunil Arora said, “Elections entail large-scale deployment of security forces. We have tried to minimise their movement over long distances. This is due to their fatigue as well as Covid-19, we have reduced the number of phases to three.”
Supreme Court rejects appeal to postpone Bihar Assembly elections
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear a petition seeking postponement of Assembly elections in Bihar in view of the growing impact of the coronavirus.
A division bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice MR Shah dismissed Ajay Kumar’s plea, saying it could not pass such orders.
The petitioner asked the court to allow him to represent himself before the Election Commission, but the bench said that it could not allow everyone to appear before the Election Commission. They can only allow the relevant application to be withdrawn. The petitioner then withdrew the petition.
The petitioner said that such a petition has been rejected before but the situation regarding the Coronavirus epidemic in Bihar has not changed. Therefore, the election should be postponed.
The petitioner was of the view that there were no suitable conditions for holding Assembly elections in Bihar. The people of the state are suffering from the Coronavirus epidemic. On the other hand, floods have also wreaked havoc. Even from a political point of view, fair elections are not possible in the state.
The petitioner had filed the petition on September 7, after which the registry fixed a date for the hearing.