Mumbai: As the counting of votes for the Bihar Assembly elections 2020 is underway, the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday said it would go on till late in the evening with EVMs being 63 per cent higher than in 2015 as the Kovid-19 protocol required additional polling stations.
“The number of polling stations has been reduced from 1,500 to 1,000 in each booth due to a 63 percent increase and voters Kovid-19. Counting round depends on the number of polling stations. When you start counting etc…all varies. So can’t put a number on rounds,” the EC said during a press conference.
The Election Commission further stated that around 3.1 crore votes are still reaming to be counted.
“By law, all postal ballots received by 8 am today have to be taken for counting. This means that postal ballots received at counting centers need to be taken up for counting today. Data related to this will be available. The Election Commission said at the level of the Returning Officer concerned. “But more than 50,000 service voters have received votes,” EC said.
The ruling NDA in Bihar was ahead of its rivals in more than half of the state’s 243 assembly seats, with the BJP poised to outperform its senior coalition partner JD (U) led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.