Bihar Election 2020 Date Announcement LATEST Updates: Assembly elections in Bihar will be held in three phases between 28 October and 7 November, said Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the polling time has been increased by one hour and will be held from 7am to 6pm.
Bihar is likely to go to polls in October to elect its new 243-member Assembly by 29 November.
The Election Commission will announce the dates for Bihar Assembly election, the first major state election to be held amid the coronavirus pandemic, in a press conference at 12.30 pm on Friday.
Along with the announcement for Bihar, the EC is also expected to announce dates for bypoll on one Lok Sabha seat and 64 Assembly seats, Mint reported.
Bihar is likely to go to polls in October to elect its new 243-member Assembly by 29 November. They will be held in more than one phase, keeping in mind the COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing norms.
According to the ECI, the total number of electors in the Legislative Assembly of Bihar stands at 72.9 million.
The ECI has issued a set of strict guidelines for the polls.
"Hand gloves shall be provided to all the electors for signing on the voter register and pressing button of EVM for voting," it said, adding that face masks, sanitisers, thermal scanners, gloves, face shields and personal protective equipment kits "shall be used during the electoral process ensuring social distancing norms."
According to the Health Ministry guidelines, electors will have to stand six feet-apart at polling booths. Soap, water and hand sanitisers will be made available at the entry point. Thermal scanning will also be conducted at all polling booths.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who leads a coalition with the BJP, will fight for a fourth term in these polls.