Election Commission of India announced election dates for Bihar Assembly polls

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Election Commission of India announced election dates for Bihar Assembly polls

Who: Election dates for Bihar Assembly polls
What: Announced by Election Commission of India
When: 9 September 2015

Election Commission of India (ECI) on 9 September 2015 announced the election dates for Bihar Assembly polls. The election to be held in 5 phases between 12 October and 5 November 2015 and counting will take place on 8 November 2015.

Election dates

 Phases Elections Dates Assembly Constituencies
1st Phase 12 October 2015 49
2nd Phase 16 October 2015 32
3rd Phase 28 October 2015 50
4th Phase 1 November 2015 55
5th Phase 5 November 2015 57

The elections will be held as the five year term of the current Assembly is due to expire on 29 November 2015.

With this announcement of the dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force with immediate effect. The elections will see deployment of central paramilitary forces at all polling booths to oversee the effective management of the electoral process at the field level mainly in respect of voter awareness and facilitation.

Bihar has a total of 243 assembly seats, of which 38 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 2 for Scheduled Tribes. 47 constituencies are affected by Left Wing Extremism. A total of 62779 polling stations will be set up for 6.68 crore electorates.

Besides, this is the first time when the EVMs will be carrying photos of the candidates in any general election to prevent the namesake problem.