Decision has actually been taken in view of restraints connected to COVID-19 security procedures: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi:

The Election Commission has actually chosen not to extend the center of postal tallies to citizens above 65 years of age in the Bihar surveys and numerous other by-elections, the federal government notified Parliament on Wednesday.

In a written reply to a concern in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad stated the choice has actually been taken in view of the restraints connected to logistics, workforce and security procedures for COVID-19.

” The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 was changed to decrease the age limitation for defense of susceptible individuals above 65 years of age and the exact same was informed on 19th June, 2020 in pursuance of area 169 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, which does not tell assessment with the State Governments,” he stated.

” Subsequently, the Election Commission has actually revealed that it has actually chosen not to release Notification under area 60( c) of the stated Act to extend the center of postal tally to electors above 65 years of age in General Assembly Elections in Bihar and by-elections due in the future in view of restraints of logistics, workforce and security procedures of COVID-19,” Mr Prasad stated.

He was asked whether the federal government has actually minimized the age limitation for elderly people, who can choose postal tallies in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, following the COVID-19 pandemic scenario