The Bihar election will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and 7 and the results will be announced on November 10, the Election Commission said today.
This is the world’s biggest election to be held in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora called it a “leap of faith”, pointing out that medical and engineering exams JEE and NEET took place recently. “Life has to go on,” he told reporters.
“The world has changed significantly since the last elections, which were held for Delhi assembly. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new normal in every aspect of our life,” he said.
Bihar has to elect a new 243-member assembly by November 29.
There will be an extra voting hour, separate voting for Covid patients, suspects and those in quarantine, and no physical contact during the campaign. The number of phases have also been reduced to minimize infection. “COVID-19 patients can vote in the last hour of the day,” Mr Arora said.