Voting begins in Bihar

Patna, Oct 12 (IANS) Voting began on Monday in the first of the five-phase assembly election in Bihar, officials said.

Around 13.5 million voters are eligible to decide the fate of 586 candidates in 49 constituencies.

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The five-phase election for the 243-seat assembly will end on November 5. Counting will take place on November 8.

Voting begins in Bihar assembly election (Lead)

Patna, Oct 12 (IANS) Balloting began on Monday in the first of the five-phase assembly election in Bihar, officials said.

About 13.5 million voters are eligible to decide the fate of 586 candidates in 49 constituencies.

Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Nawada and Jamui districts are voting in the first phase.

The five-phase election for the 243-seat assembly will end on November 5. Counting will take place on November 8.

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch, as many as 130 candidates in the first round of polls face serious criminal charges including murder.

First phase of Bihar assembly polls begins (Second Lead)

Patna (IANS) The first phase of the Bihar assembly elections began on Monday in 49 constituencies, including Maoist-affected areas, spread across ten districts, officials said.

A total of 583 candidates are in the fray for the first phase of elections.

Poverty-stricken Jamui, Banka and Bhagalpur are among the 10 districts.

The Election Commission has reduced polling hours in Maoist-hit areas to 3 p.m.

The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist, earlier this month, vowed to intensify attacks to disrupt the election process and enforce its boycott of the polls.

Drones will be used for the first time for surveillance and about 1.20 lakh security officials, including 87,600 central paramilitary personnel, would be deployed at 13,212 polling booths, officials said.

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