‘Elections during my term will be held on time’, says Sunil Arora
After holding the Bihar assembly elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the electoral commission is now busy in its internal exercises for the assembly election scheduled for early 2021. The term of the chief commissioner of Sunil Arora’s election is until April 13, 2021. “Whatever election is held before that will be held on time,” Arora said in an interview with PTI.
Elections will be held in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry in May and June next year.
The commission never rests, the CEC said, adding that holding elections is an ongoing process.
Holding elections in Bihar amid the pandemic was a challenge that the Electoral Commission met with great success. The EC’s decision not to postpone the elections was fraught with doubt and apprehension.
“This time, an important component was added: it should also be a safe choice. Safe for voters, safe for election officials, safe for all concerned. Maybe testing is not the right nuance. Yes, the Electoral Commission can rise to any challenge and it did rise to the challenge of Covid-19 … Of course, critics can remain, and they should also remain, as they are also part of the system ”, Arora said.
The commission had taken a variety of measures, such as reducing the number of voters per polling place from 1,500 to 1,000 to ensure distancing. This meant an addition of 33,000 polling stations. Bihar this time had 1.06 lakh of polling stations, which also prolonged the counting process.
(With PTI inputs)