Patna : Morning queues as early as 7 am marked the onset of Bihar assembly polls with voters casting their decision and making provision for sealing the fate of 49 legislative seats in state of Bihar.
Spread over 10 districts in this ab initio votecast, the first election day marks the launch of a five-phase election rollout, during which voters from all regions of Bihar would be casting their ballots. Today’s first phase bids for 49 seats in which 583 candidates would be contesting. Women legislator candidates total up to 54 women participants in this first phase.
Th polling is scheduled during the hours of 7 am to 5 pm, as applicable, in nine constituencies, namely – Tarapur, Jamalpur, Suryagraha, Rajauli (SC), Govindpur, Sikandara (SC), Jamui, Jhajha and Chakai.
The election commission has made tight security arrangements with police force on patrol duty, supported by motor boats for river patrolling. The skies have not been left unattended as five helicopters, including three Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been deployed for air surveillance during polling. The duration of polling hours in 13 Assembly seats have been shortened on the basis of assessment of law and order situation with all these constituencies falling in Naxal-hit areas as informed by Additional Chief Electoral Officer.