RJD Principal General Secretary and former Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui has told the Chief Election Commissioner in a formal letter on 30 July based on an assessment by WHO that it will be difficult to conduct elections in Bihar in October-November. Considering that at that time the corona transition will be at its peak, it will be challenging for the Election Commission to conduct elections in the state. The Election Commission should look into whether coronation-free elections can be conducted, especially from EVMs?
Demand to hold elections with ballot paper
On the basis of various reports, it has been expressed in this paper that the corona virus remains active on the plastic or metallic surface of the EVM for a long time. In this context, it was demanded that if circumstances exist to hold elections even in the midst of all these apprehensions, then elections should be conducted in the traditional way, especially with ballot paper.
Urged to dismiss digital campaign
At the same time, the RJD leader urged to dismiss the digital campaign and made it clear that the digital election campaign makes the election field unequal. The RJD is not in favor of recognizing any election camp whose character is prohibitive. This limits dialogue in democracy. In addition, the RJD leader suggested to the Election Commission that the number of voters per polling booth should be only 250, instead of one thousand. So that two yards can be ensured keeping infection free.
Demand to share the report with voters from the Election Commission
RJD Principal General Secretary Siddiqui has asked the Commission to state that he is satisfied with the steps taken so far to prevent corona infection? The Commission feels that elections can be held in this time period, then share the report of the circumstances among the voters, on the basis of which the voters can form their opinion about participating openly in the election process.
The Election Commission sought their views from all political parties on virtual and digital campaigns.
It is worth mentioning that till 31 July, the Election Commission had sought their views from all political parties regarding virtual and digital campaigns. In this sequence, RJD has sent its opinion based on 13 points to the commission. The letter gives detailed data regarding the Kareana infections.