EC pauses postal ballot for 65+ voters in Bihar polls, cites constraints

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EC pauses postal ballot for 65+ voters in Bihar polls, cites constraints


The Election Commission on Thursday hit pause on a government rule that would have allowed voters over 65 years to usepostal ballotsto vote in the Bihar assembly elections, citing challenges and constraints to implement this rule. The postal ballot rule would, however, be applicable for voters over the age of 80, disabled or those suffering from coronavirus.

“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,” the EC said in a press statement today.

In view of the Covid-19 situation, the poll body said, it has already created additional 34,000 polling stations, which roughly equals to 45% more and will also increase the number of polling stations to 1,06,000.

The EC said it has been monitoring the electoral preparedness for Bihar assembly elections, the dates for which are yet to be announced.

When the rules were first amended the Congress had alleged that the government h

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