Bihar Assembly polls to be held in six phases from Oct 21

Bihar will have a 6-phase poll, first major poll that would test mood of people after 2009 LS polls.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 20:37 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Declaring the moral code of conduct activated, the Central Election Commissioner (CEC) on Monday announced the schedule of elections in the state of Bihar. Polls will be held in six phases from October 21 and counting of votes will take place on November 24.

The first phase on October 21 will have polling for 47
seats while the second phase will be held on October 24 in 45
seats.

The third phase will be on October 28 for 48 seats,
fourth on November one (42), fifth on November nine (35) and
last on November 20 (26 seats), Chief Election Commissioner S
Y Quraishi told a press conference here.

Counting for the 243 seats Assembly seats will be held
on November 24.

Polling will be held in 56,943 polling stations spread
across the state in which over 5.50 crore electorate are
expected to exercise their franchise.

The bypolls for Banka Lok Sabha seat, which became
vacant following the death of sitting MP Gidvijay Singh, will
be held on November one.

Bihar is the only State witnessing Assembly polls this year. The term of the 243-member Assembly will end on November 27.

This will be the first election after S Y Quraishi took over as the Chief Election Commissioner.

Reports had it earlier that the Government was in favour of holding Assembly elections in the State after the Commonwealth Games, scheduled here early next month.

The election is expected to be a triangular affair with the ruling JD(U)-BJP continuing their poll alliance and Lalu Prasad’s RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP joining hands to oust it from power. The Congress has announced it would go it alone in the State, unlike in the past when it played a second fiddle to RJD.

Overcoming the last-minute hiccups, RJD and LJP have clinched an alliance and decided to contest 168 and 75 seats respectively.

-PTI inputs