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No Postal Ballot For Voters Above 65 In Bihar, Other Polls For Now

No Postal Ballot For Voters Above 65 In Bihar, Other Polls For Now

Election Commission has decided not to issue the notification to extend postal ballot for elderly (File)

Postal ballot facility for people above the age of 65 - granted by the Election Commission earlier this month, will not be operative for the Bihar assembly elections or the by-polls scheduled to be held later this year. The Commission said it was done "due to logistics, manpower and safety protocols of COVID-19".

The Commission had earlier recommended extension of postal ballot to people over the age of 65 years, and others vulnerable to coronavirus.

Today, the commission said considering the challenges and constraints and in view of the decision to limit the number of electors at each polling station to 1,000, it has been decided not to issue the notification to extend postal ballot for the elderly.