Polling for fifth phase of Bihar panchayat elections today

  • ANI, Patna
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 11:39 IST

Amid tight security, the fifth phase of the panchayat polls in Bihar began on Tuesday.

Voting is being held in 60 blocks of 38 districts in the state.

Polling began at 7 am and will end at 5 pm whereas in naxal-infested areas, voting will end at 4 pm.

According to reports, over 85,000 candidates are in fray in this phase for the different post of representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions including Zila Parishad Member, Mukhiya, Panchayat Samiti Members.

The first phase of the polls took place on April 24, second phase on April 28, third on May 2 and fourth phase of polling was held on May 6.

More than 65 lakh voters can exercise their right of franchise at 13,253 polling stations across the state.

The 10 phase three-tier panchayat poll is being held to elect a total of 1,161 members of zilla parishads, 11,496 members of panchayat samitis, mukhiyas and sarpanchs in 8,392 gram panchayats and 11,4733 members each in gram panchayat and gram kutcheries.

The rest of the phases are scheduled to be held on May 14, 18, 22, 26 and 30.

The State Election Commission has established a control room which would be functional on polling days from 6 am to 10 pm.

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