Voters over the age of 65 years will be able to vote via postal ballot in view of the COVID-19 pandemic for the upcoming Bihar polls, the Election Commission said on Thursday. The state is scheduled for assembly elections October-November. The Commission said that the facility will also be extended to those infected with COVID-19 or even suspect cases who are in quarantine.
Earlier the Rajya Sabha elections, slated for March, were postponed to June in view of COVID-19 but so far there has been no word on whether the same will be done for the assembly elections in Bihar.
It should be noted that senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to the virus and so are pregnant women. The deaths due to the disease has been high among patients who have other comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension and kidney ailments.
The postal ballot facility was so far reserved only for people over the age of 80 and those in essential services who were not posted in their home state.