Eastern Indian state to go to polls

08:25, September 07, 2010      

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The Election Commission of India announced Monday that the state of Bihar will go to polls in six phases spread over a month from October 21.

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 on July 30.

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 said.

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

Polling will be held in 56,943 polling stations spread across the state in which over 55 million electorate are expected to exercise their franchise.

The by-polls for Banka Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Parliament) seat, which fell vacant following the death of sitting Member of Parliament (MP) Digvijay Singh, will be held on November 1.

The election is expected to be a triangular affair with the ruling Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continuing their poll alliance and Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD) and Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) joining hands to oust it from power.

The Congress has announced it would go it alone in the state.

Source: Xinhua


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