The crucial by-elections to the 10 assembly seats in Bihar is being held in Hajipur, Chhapra, Narkatiaganj, Jale, Raj Nagar (reserved), Mohania (reserved), Parbatta, Mohiuddinagar, Banka and Bhagalpur. A total of 26,42,407 voters will exercise their voting right in 2422 booths and will be deciding the fate of 94 candidates.
The voting has started at 7:00 in the morning and will take place till 6:00 in the evening except for Maoist-hit Hajipur, Parbatta and Banka, where the voting will take place only till 4:00 in the evening. The early morning voting percentage was low as only 8 per cent voting took place till 9 am.
Almost 40 per cent of the district police is deployed for the polls. 1962 police officers, 6000 personnel from CRPF, BMP and state police are on election duty.