EC issues notification for first phase of Bihar Assembly polls

The Election Commission on Wednesday issued notification for the first phase of elections to the Bihar Assembly.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 16, 2015, 23:02 PM IST

 Patna: The Election Commission on Wednesday issued notification for the first phase of elections to the Bihar Assembly.

A total of 49 Assembly seats would witness elections in the first phase on October 12.

Last date for filing of nominations for first phase of elections was September 23.

Two nominations were filed on the opening day today.

Assembly elections in Bihar would be fought in five phases between October 12 and November 5 in a high-stakes battle, seen as a major popularity test for the NDA spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was in alliance with the RJD and the Congress.

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.

There are over 6.68 crore voters in the state, of whom as many as 2.04 crore voters belong to the age group of 18 to 29 years.