Five-phase Bihar polls

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The Election Commission today announced the dates for Bihar assembly polls. The five-phase election will be held in October; the first phase will take place on October 12. Describing the security arrangements made by the commission, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said, “The paramilitary forces will guard all the polling stations.” All political parties in the state have demanded CRPF, CISF and BSF forces for the polls. At least 47 assembly segments are affected by Left-wing extremist areas and securing these segments is priority on the agenda, the commission said. “Our strategy will be to manage misuse of money by voters, including paid news. Nine central and state agencies have been pressed into action to keep a check on movement of cash and liquor,” Mr Zaidi said adding that a total of 6.68 crore voters are eligible to cast their votes in Bihar.

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