First phase of Bihar election began today

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Voting began on Monday in the first of the five-phase assembly election in Bihar, officials said.

About 13.5 million voters are eligible to decide the fate of 586 candidates in 49 constituencies.

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Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Nawada and Jamui districts are voting in the first phase.

The five-phase election for the 243-seat assembly will end on November 5. Counting will take place on November 8.

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According to the Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch, as many as 130 candidates in the first round of polls face serious criminal charges including murder.

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