Bihar election 2020: PM Modi urges people to vote, follow precautionary measures amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to vote as the primary section of polling for Bihar meeting polls kickstarted Wednesday. He additionally requested people to follow precautionary measures amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Today is the first phase of voting in Bihar assembly election. I urge all voters to ensure their participation while also taking COVID-19 related precautionary measures. Ensure “do gaj ki doori” and wearing of masks,” Modi stated in a tweet.

The polling of votes started at 7 am however the voting hour can be prolonged by one hour till 6 pm, besides within the Left Wing Extremism affected areas, in order that COVID-19 sufferers can vote within the final hour of the day.

In the primary section, eight ministers are attempting their luck — Prem Kumar, Krishnandan Verma, Shailesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar Sinha, Jai Kumar Singh, Ramnarayan Mandal, Santosh Kumar Nirala and Brij Kishore Bind, aside from former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

At least 952 males and 114 girls candidates are within the fray within the first section. About 33 of the constituencies going to polls within the first section have been declared as “sensitive or hypersensitive” constituencies by the ballot panel. As many as 31,371 polling stations have been arrange on this section and as many Electronic Voting Machines and Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines can be used.

In Bihar, elections are being held in three phases for 243 meeting seats. The second and third section can be held on November three and November 7 respectively. The counting of votes can be held on November 10.

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