Bihar Elections 2020: Voting begins amid COVID-19 guidelines

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People queuing up to cast their vote (Image: National Herald)
People queuing up to cast their vote (Image: National Herald)

Patna : The voting for three-phase Bihar elections has begun to decide if Nitish Kumar will get fourth term as the Chief Minister of state or not. The voting is being held on 71 of the states 243 seats.

During this assembly election, Nitish Kumar will be facing a tough competition with RJD's Tejashwi Yadav. Both the leaders have promised huge amount of jobs during the era of unemployment in the state. BJP has also promised free coronavirus vaccine to the state if they stay in power.

The Election Commission has issued detailed guidelines that include lowering the cap on voters for a polling booth from 1,600 to 1,000, staggering of polling hours and postal ballot facility for those aged above 80 or those infected. Electronic Voting Machines will be sanitised. Thermal scanners, hand sanitiser, soap and water will be made available for voters.

So far Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed three rallies in the state and urged people to vote for NDA while making a cursory remark that Nitish Kumar will be their face for Chief Minister post.

The second and third phase of the elections in the state will be held on November 3 and 7. The counting of votes will be held on November 10.