The Election Commission is making ready to carry meeting elections in Bihar on schedule amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “In 2015, the election was announced on September 9. So, we still have time. It is July only,” mentioned Bihar chief electoral officer (CEO) HR Srinivasan.
Bihar is the one state that can go to polls this yr within the midst of the pandemic. The state will even witness an election for eight Bihar Legislative Council seats for graduates and lecturers’ constituencies. So far, no determination has been taken on them. The seats had fallen vacant in May.
The CEO categorically mentioned that each one preparations are happening to carry the polls this yr as per the schedule. “It is the Election Commission that has to take a call,” he added.
He mentioned that final month a gathering was held with all numerous political events of the state on the mode of campaigning in the course of the election amid the pandemic state of affairs because it calls for social distancing.
“Whatever suggestions came during the meeting with the political parties have been conveyed to the EC,” he added.
Chief election commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora had earlier mentioned in an interview that each one directions and procedures relating to elections can be suitably modified to make sure easy functioning in the course of the pandemic and preserving the catastrophe administration pointers in thoughts.
“There is no plan so far to defer Bihar elections,” he had mentioned.
The CEO had additionally mentioned that the digital voting machines (EVMs) and Voter-verified paper audit path (VVPATs) had reached all of the districts and the coaching of returning officers (ROs) would get underway from Thursday.
“The state-level training of master trainers concludes Wednesday. We are doing everything as per the schedule,” he added.
On whether or not any request had been acquired for delaying or suspending elections, Srinivasan mentioned it had come from some people however not from any political social gathering. “We have forwarded the suggestions received from individuals to the EC,” he added.
Though the Assembly election in Bihar is due in October-November this yr, predominant political events already have their outreach programmes going by means of video conferencing and different accessible technological instruments to achieve out to the plenty.
Regarding the elections for the eight seats of the Bihar Legislative Council, Srinivasan mentioned the state authorities’s request relating to it had been forwarded to the EC.
Sources within the EC, nevertheless, mentioned that holding elections within the state can be a giant check for extra causes than one amid the pandemic. “Election is, after all, a mass contact programme and in a state like Bihar – with high population density and illiteracy – maintaining social distancing and avoiding personal contact programmes would be a big challenge. Therefore, the number of booths might be significantly increased and other measures will be adopted to reduce the chances of contact at polling booths,” they added.