Bihar will elect a new 243-member assembly during staggered
month-long polling that begins Oct 21 and ends Nov 20, the
Election Commission announced Monday.
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi told reporters here that
the dates of polling would be Oct 21 (47 seats), Oct 24 (45) and
Oct 28 (48) as well as Nov 1 (42), Nov 9 (35) and Nov 20 (26
The vote count will take place across the state Nov 24, he said.
About 55 million people will be eligible to vote in the country's
third most populous state. The total electorate was put at
Quraishi said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be
deployed in all the 56,943 polling stations.
The election will be overseen by thousands of officials, including
those deputed to the Election Commission, besides thousands of
The top official said that the model code of conduct would come
into immediate effect.
He said the Election Commission took into consideration all
relevant factors including the climatic condition, academic
schedule and law and order situation before deciding the polling