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Election Commission of India to take decision in the next 2-3 days to visit Bihar

Addressing an international webinar on Issues, challenges, and protocols for conducting elections during COVID-19

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that a decision would be taken in the next 2-3 days to visit Bihar, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said on Monday.

Addressing an international webinar on Issues, challenges, and protocols for conducting elections during COVID-19: sharing country experiences, the CEC said the Commission would take a decision within the next 2-3 days on visiting Bihar.

The EC clarified that the Commission’s schedule of visit to Bihar has no corelation with the announcement of dates of State Assembly polls.

According to an official release of the ECI, while commenting upon the scale of the upcoming elections to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, Arora mentioned that the total number of electors is 72.9 million.

He highlighted how COVID-19 exigencies and social distancing measures necessitated a revisit of the ECI‘s extant instructions.

The maximum number of electors at a polling station was reduced from 1,500 to 1,000, and consequently, the number of polling stations jumped by 40 percent, from 65,000 to 100,000. These changes have huge logistics and manpower implications, Arora said.

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