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Bihar elections: Game begins this October 12

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Elections for Bihar Assembly will kick start from October 12 and continue till November 5, the Election Commission announced today.

The electoral process has been divided into five phases starting with the first on October 12. The second phase on October 16, will be followed by the third, fourth and the fifth on October 28, November 1 and November 5 respectively.

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The poll count will begin on November 8.

“The model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect. The paramilitary forces will guard all the polling stations.” Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said here.

“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,” Zaidi added.
The term of the 243-member Bihar assembly comes to an end on November 29.

A total of 6.68 crore voters will decide the fate of Janta Parivar headed by Nitish Kumar and Bhartiya Janta Party, the two main rivals in Bihar politics.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Women staff takes the lead in recently held Assembly Elections

The recently held assembly elections were the first of its kind where all the polling staff, police and security personnel were all women staff.

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The Gujarat elections
Women on their way to the polling booths in Gujarat on December 9, VOA News

NEW DELHI: The Assembly election of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh were well swept by the Bhartiya Janta Party, where Congress closely followed them in both the states. It was a win-win situation for the Narendra Modi led government, as these results have bundled Congress to only four states now.

Apart from the results, there were other things which made the cult and worth appreciating. Following are the few of them:

All Women staff
The recently held assembly elections were the first of its kind where all the polling staff, police and security personnel were all women staff. Almost 182 women were responsible for the smooth conduct of the election operations. This initiative will help in bridging the gap between gender inequality.

Financial scrutiny
All the contesting candidates were asked to open a new bank account and manage all election expenditures from the same. This measure helped in bettering the check on all the spending on election campaigns.

The maximum limit per candidate was set at 28 lakhs and Directorate of Income Tax Department was the supervising authority in this.

CCTV Monitored
To shun any kind of malpractices by the contesting parties or candidates, the polling booths were fully covered by CCTV cameras. Even the filing of nomination papers, first level checking, dispatching of postal ballot papers, the polling process and storage of EVMs and VVPATS before and after the polling were done under the watch of cameras.

Eco-Friendly
The event like Assembly elections calls for a lot of advertising practices. Be it a banner or pamphlets, these thing becomes a direct threat to our environment. So, to ensure the safety of environment during these elections, Election common directed all the candidates against the use of any polythene, plastic and other harmful materials

Smart management
To make the whole event a success, voters were well informed 7 days prior to their enrolled polling station. Even to cater the needs of everyone, candidate’s photos were displayed on all the EVM machines, so that there should be no room for any confusion.

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