Election Commission of India announced Bihar poll dates on 9 September. Polls for the 243 assembly seats will be held in five phases. Votes will be counted on 8 November.
Here are the dates and district-wise division of polls
Phase 1: Date of notification: September 16 (Wednesday). Last date of notification: September 21 (Wednesday). Date of scrutiny: September 24. Last date of withdrawal: September 26. Date of polling: October 12, 2015. Voting in phase 1 will be held in 49 seats.
Phase 2: Date of notification: September 21 (Monday); Last date of notification: September 28 (Monday); Date of scrutiny: September 29; Last date of withdrawal: October 1; Date of polling: October 16, 2015 (Friday); Phase 2 has 32 seats including Kaimur (Bhabhua), Arwai, Jahanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya
Phase 3: Date of notification: Oct 8; Last date of notification: October 15; Date of scrutiny: October 17; Last date of withdrawal: October 19; Date of polling: October 28 (Thursday) . Phase 3 has 50 seats including Saran, Vaishali, Nalanda, Patna, Bhojpur, Buxar.4th phase voting - 1 November.
Phase 4: Last date of notification: October 14; Date of scrutiny: October 15; Last date of withdrawal: October 17; Date of polling: November 1 (Sunday) . Phase 4 has 55 seats including Pashchim Champaran, Poorvi Champaran, Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Siwan.
Central agencies are also keeping track of illegal money and liquor movements in the poll-bound state.
Bihar has a electorate of 6.68 crore. The total number of polling stations in Bihar has risen to over 63,000, around 3000 more than the ones during the previous polls. The elections commission has also taken care to weed out duplicate entries from electoral rolls. Four teams of auditors have been sent to Bihar for this purpose.
Altogether 24 lakh voters in the age group of 18 and 19 years in the state will get the first chance to exercise their franchise during the Assembly polls, while total 99.98 per cent voters have been covered by Election Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).