Polling begins for 94 seats in Bihar amid tight security
03 Nov 2020 08 16
A woman displays the indelible ink on her finger after casting her vote at a polling station at Paliganj, Bihar. File photo/AP
Polling began amid tight security arrangements for 94 assembly constituencies in 17 districts of Bihar from 7am on Tuesday for the second phase of assembly elections. Foolproof security arrangements have been made for voting as well as to ensure that social distancing norms are in place in the times of a pandemic.
According to the state election commission, more than 2.85 crore voters will exercise their franchise in the second phase. As many as 41,362 polling booths have been set up in this phase.
According to the Election Commission, the fate of 1,463 candidates will be decided in this phase. The Maharajganj assembly constituency has the highest number of 27 candidates in the fray while just four candidates are in the fray at the Darauli assembly constituency.
In most assembly constituencies, voters will be able to exercise their franchise from 7am to 6pm, while the window is curtailed from 7 am to 4 pm in some sensitive constituencies. Security forces have been deployed at all polling booths.
In Bihar, elections are being held in three phases for 243 assembly seats. The election for the first phase was held for 71 seats on Oct.28. Polling for the third phase will be held for 78 seats on Nov.7. Counting of votes will be held on Nov.10.