According to an Election Commission order, in any election being held after May 1, the ballot papers will carry the picture of the candidate with his or her name and party symbol to avoid confusion among the electorate in constituencies where namesakes are contesting.
    
Besides the ballot paper, the photos will be placed on the electronic voting machines besides the name and symbol of the candidate.
    
While announcing the dates of the Bihar assembly elections here today, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said photographs of candidates will be displayed on ballot paper and it will also be pasted on the EVM along with symbol of respective candidate.
    
The June 27 bypolls to six seats in five states were the first elections where photographs of candidates were used on ballot papers.
    
A recent EC direction to all Chief Electoral Officers of states and Union Territories said that for elections to be held from May 1, 2015 onwards, the ballot papers, postal ballot papers and ballot papers to be displayed on EVMs will also carry the photographs of the candidates.

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