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Bihar MLC Election: Polling for 24 seats of Bihar Legislative Council to begin
Polling for 24 seats of the Bihar Legislative Council will begin at 8 am today, with the voting scheduled to continue till 4 pm.
According to reports, over 1.38 lakh elected officials, including MPs, MLAs, and representatives of panchayati raj institutions will vote for 152 candidates at 534 polling booths. The counting of the votes is scheduled to take place on July 10.
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-- 94 percent polling recorded in Bihar Legislative council elections
The elections for 24 seats of Bihar Legislative council, which have been dubbed as the 'semifinal' before the upcoming state assembly polls in September-October, witnessed an estimated 94 percent voting.
-- Bihar MLC elections: 78 per cent polling till 02 pm
-- The turnout has been 44 percent in Bihar to 12 pm.
74.85 percent of the vote is in Nawada. That is the lowest 15 percent in Samastipur. In addition, 66 percent of Nalanda, Patna, 55 percent, 61 percent in the region, 49 percent in Aurangabad, Bhojpurkbksr 47 percent, Rohtaszkamur 41 percent, 58 percent in Saran, Siwan, about 50 percent, in Gopalganj 42 percent in West Champaran 30.35, 55.07 per cent in East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, 60 percent, 40 percent in Vaishali, 51.5 percent in Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, 17 percent and 32 percent polling was recorded in Region Munger. Also Begusarai region 48 percent, 22 percent in Region Saharsa, Bhagalpur 35 percent, 25 percent in Madhubani, Katihar Puarnian 44 percent and 32 percent voting has been recorded. All booths for voting has seen huge crowds.
-- Polling was brisk in Nalanda where 32 % voters turned up for voting till 10 am.
-- 13% voters' turnout has been reported in the first two hours for the biennial election to 24 Legislative Council seats.
Doraya most voters:
MLC elections, most voters in Doraya block. While in the lowest voter Fulleedumr Doraya block 338, Beau Sadar 274, 320 Amarpur, Fulleedumr 194, 272 Shanbhuganj, Rjun 300, Bunsi 273, 227 Tamluk, Belhr 262, Katoria 262, 234 Chandn
"There are 534 polling booths and a total of 13.39 lakh electors are expected to decide the fate of 152 candidates in the fray," he said.
The Additional CEO said this was the first time in Council elections that photographs of candidates have been printed on ballot papers.
This measure would help illiterate voters choose their candidates and avoid confusion, he said.
Lakshmanan said 24 observers would be keeping a watch over the election process in different constituencies and micro-observers have also been deployed.
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Videography and live web cast of polling would be done and district election offices as well as the Chief Electoral Office in the state capital would monitor the polls.
A control room at the CEO office has been set up and its telephone number was 0612-2215978 along with a dedicated fax number 0612-2215611.
The EC has already constituted three flying squads in each Assembly constituency to keep a tab on expenditure by the candidates.
"During the poll preparations, 18 pistols, 142 bullets, two cylinder bombs, 16 magazines, seven motorcycles, 1,420 litre country liquor, six kg marijuana, Rs 4,300 cash and seven sacks of intoxicant 'mahua' flowers have been seized. A total of 15 cases of violation of Model Code of Conduct have been registered," he added.
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The 24 seats were to be filled by elected members of local bodies like municipal corporations, municipalities, panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads.
One-third of the members elected used to retire every two years after serving a six-year term.
The impasse happened as no elections to local bodies were conducted between 1978 and 2002. The seats fell vacant as the tenure of members got over. Nobody could be elected in their place as there were no elected representatives in local bodies. The 24 Council seats remained vacant.
Elections to local bodies resumed in 2003 and members for these Council seats were also duly elected in July 2003 with tenure of six years as there were no laws curtailing their term.
The Bihar Legislative Council has 75 members, out of which 24 members are elected by the local bodies, 27 by the lower house, six by a college of graduates, six by teachers and 12 are nominated by governor.