Patna, September 30: Ahead of the state legislative assembly elections scheduled in the state of Bihar nex month, the Election Commission team led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora is on a three day tour to the state to review preparedness for the upcoming polls. The team is to hold review meetings with political parties called for, also with DMs and SPs of 26 districts including Saran, Siwan Gopalganj and Muzaffarpur.
"The Chief Election Commissioner is accompanied by Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar. The Election Commission team held review meeting with Bihar Chief Electoral Officer and nodal officers on Tuesday. Bihar is the first state where assembly election is being held amid Covid 19 pandemic", the statement released by EC noted.
"Tomorrow the EC team will go to Gaya where a review meeting with DMs and SPs of 12 districts including Aurangabad, Kaimur and Rohtash will be held. Before returning to Delhi the Chief Election Commissioner will hold review meeting with Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of police", it added.
Voting for Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7, followed by counting of votes on November 10 as announced by the Election Commission on Friday. The notification for the first phase of Bihar assembly elections would be issued on October 1, while last date of nominations would be October 8 and withdrawal of candidature can be done till October 12.
For the second phase, notification would be issued on October 9, nominations can be filed till October 16 and candidature can be withdrawn till October 19. The third-phase notification would be issued on October 13, the last date of nominations would be October 20 and the last date for candidature withdrawal has been fixed October 23. The number of people accompanying a candidate for submission of nomination has been restricted to two, while door-to-door campaign can have maximum five people including the candidate.
There are about 18.87 lakh migrants across 38 districts of Bihar, out of which 16.6 lakh are eligible to vote. While 13.93 lakh already had their names on the electoral rolls, 2.3 lakh more have been registered and the the process is still on, he added.