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Age limit for voters in LS, assembly polls reduced

Covid effect: Limit reduced for voters to opt for postal ballot

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New Delhi, June 26 | Keeping in mind the safety of senior citizens amid rising cases of the coronavirus, the age limit for voters to opt for the postal ballot in Lok Sabha and assembly elections has been reduced.

After the coronavirus outbreak in India, Bihar will be the first state to have assembly polls. And voters of Bihar will be the first to benefit from the amended rules.

While amending the rules on the suggestions of the Election Commission, the ministry also allowed “COVID 19 suspect or affected persons” to use the postal ballot facility.

The age limit was reduced as “people who are 65 and above are vulnerable” to the coronavirus, explained an EC official.

In October 2019, the Law Ministry amended the Conduct of Election Rules to allow people with disabilities and those who are 80 years of age or above to opt for a postal ballot during Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

Now, on June 19, the ministry notified a fresh change in the rules, allowing those aged 65 years and above to opt for postal ballot.

The EC had approached the government to tweak the rule as pandemic could continue until the end of the year.

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