Tuesday, December 12

Bihar elections to begin on 12th October.

Bihar will have five-phase Assembly elections between October 12 and November 5 and the counting of votes will take place on November 8.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said on Wednesday that polls to the 243-seat Assembly would be held on October 12, 16, 28, November 1 and 5.

The term of the current Assembly expires on November 29.

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Here are the highlights of the announcement:

  • We have devoted a lot of preparations to Bihar elections.
  • The Commission has made more than adequate arrangements of central paramilitary forces.
  • The Commission has ensured assessment of all vulnerable points where anti-social elements have been recognised.
  • Out of 243 Assembly constituencies, 47 are affected by left-wing extremism, 29 districts out of 38 are covered under left-wing extremism.
  • The Commission has mounted special vigilance, security strategies to ensure safety of voters.
  • The Commission will ensure that common man is not harassed by field level machinery.
  • The Election Voting Machines will be carry photos of the candidates.
  • In a first, voters will get paper receipts in 36 constituencies.
  • Model Code of Conduct will be enforced with immediate effect.
  • The elections to be conducted in five stages.
  • Dates for five-phase polls are: October 12, October 16, October 28, November 1 and November 5.
  • The counting of votes will be held on November 8th.