Voters of this age will not get postal ballot facility in elections
Voters of this age will not get postal ballot facility in elections

The Election Commission has decided not to provide poster ballot facility to voters above 65 years of age in Bihar assembly and other by-elections. On Wednesday, the central government gave this information in Parliament. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the decision has been taken in view of the difficulties related to equipment, human resources and safety protocols.

He also said, "The conduct of election rules, 1961 was amended to reduce the age limit in view of the safety of people above 65 years of age. The notification was prescribed on 19th June 2020 under section 169 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. There is no obligation to consult the state governments. Ravi Shankar said that only then the election Commission has decided not to fix the notification under section 60 (c) of the Act".

Bihar is going to have an early Assembly Election. It is expected that it will be announced soon. According to the Election Committee's announcement, the election is expected in November. In addition, by-elections will be held in several states including 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh. The process of election is expected to change due to increasing cases of COVID-19 virus. The Election Commission has issued a detailed guideline for election during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. According to this, rallies and door-to-door campaigns will be allowed but with certain rules and precautions.

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