Over 52,000 voters opt for postal ballots in 1st phase of Bihar polls: EC1 min read . Updated: 12 Oct 2020, 04:28 PM IST
- These voters belong to Senior Citizen (above 80 years of age) and PwD categories, the poll body said
- These voters will be provided postal ballots on pre-informed date(s) by the Returning Officers with proper security and videography arrangements to ensure secrecy, safety, and transparency in the process, said EC
New Delhi: More than 52,000 eligible voters belonging to Senior Citizen (above 80 years of age) and PwD (Persons with Disabilities) categories, have opted to exercise the facility to vote through postal ballots in the forthcoming phase 1 of Bihar polls, said Election Commission on Monday.
These voters will be provided postal ballots on pre-informed date(s) by the Returning Officers with proper security and videography arrangements to ensure secrecy, safety, and transparency in the process, the poll body said.
This is the first time that postal ballot facility is being extended to both the categories in Bihar elections. Booth Level Officers (BLO) of 71 Assembly Constituencies in Bihar have reached out to more than four lakh such electors. Remaining electors intend to visit the booth on the polling day for voting.
It may be recalled that dates for Bihar Polls were announced on 25th September 2020. In the first phase elections, polling in 71 constituencies spread over 16 districts of Bihar, is to be held on 28 October, 2020.
“BLO will visit to the houses of the concerned electors, as provided by the RO, in the Polling Station area and deliver Form- 12-D to the concerned electors. If an elector is not available, he/she will share his/her contact details and revisit to collect it within five days of the notification.
The elector may or may not opt for postal ballot in the acknowledgement attached with the Form 12-D. If he/she opts for postal ballot, then the BLO will collect the filled-in Form 12-D from the house of the elector within five days of the notification and deposit it with the RO forthwith. BLO shall deposit all the acknowledgement forms with the RO along with all Form 12-D. Sector Officer shall supervise it under the overall supervision of RO," EC said.
In subsequent two phases of elections in Bihar and in bye-elections in all other States, this exercise will continue so that electoral process becomes more accessible, inclusive and SAFE for these categories during the period of Covid-19. BLOs will visit approximately 12 lakh such electors’ homes in Bihar in the next two phases for this purpose.