Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hopes to win a fourth time period in polls due this month (File)

New Delhi:

Amid issues over massive gatherings throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Election Fee right now diminished the utmost variety of “star” campaigners allowed for every celebration forward of Meeting elections due in Bihar later this month.

The ballot physique has revised this quantity from 40 to 30 for nationwide and state events and from 20 to fifteen for unregistered political outfits. The ballot physique has additionally given political events extra time to submit their lists of “star” campaigners from seven days from date of notification to 10. Events which have already submitted this record should revise and resubmit throughout the prolonged deadline.

In a letter to all chief electoral officers, the EC stated issues had been raised over massive crowds at rallies addressed by “star” campaigners and clarifications had been sought on this matter.

“The matter was deliberated on right now. After contemplating all information and circumstances attributable to pandemic and preserving a steadiness between requirement of marketing campaign by political events, (the) Fee has determined to revise the norms of star campaigners,” the letter stated.

The ballot physique additional stated that requests for “star” campaigners to deal with rallies wanted to be submitted to district ballot authorities no less than 48 hours prior to make sure that the mandatory security measures may be put in place.

Meeting polls in Bihar – the primary large-scale voting train to be held throughout the Covid pandemic (america votes November 3) – will probably be unfold over three phases beginning October 28.

Outcomes will probably be declared November 10.

Asserting the dates final month the Election Fee stated a number of modifications can be made to make sure voting takes place preserving in thoughts the central authorities’s Covid administration pointers.

These modifications embody prolonged voting hours, no bodily contact throughout campaigning, the usage of masks and gloves throughout voting, and separate cubicles and voting hours for Covid-positive sufferers and people suspected of being contaminated.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose JDU heads a coalition within the state with the BJP, hopes to win a fourth time period with the opposition RJD of jailed former chief minister Lalu Yadav and the Congress – his companions within the final election – difficult him.

The JDU-BJP mix has introduced a seat-sharing deal – the JDU will contest 122 and the BJP 121. The opposition alliance has additionally introduced a deal – the RJD will get 144 seats whereas the Congress will get 70 and Left events contest 29.

Final 12 months, within the nationwide election, the Nitish Kumar-BJP-LJP combo received 39 of 40 seats in Bihar, demolishing the Tejashwi Yadav-led opposition and scoring a morale-booster earlier than these state ballot.