The state’s border with Nepal and Uttar Pradesh would be sealed 48 hours before the the final phase of general election to check the influx of criminals and left extremists.
Officials of seven districts that go to the polls on May 12 have been asked to hold regular meetings with the district magistrates and police chiefs so that the border with Uttar Pradesh and Nepal in these districts can be sealed.
After review of security for the final phase, Bihar chief secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha said around 56,000 security forces would be deployed to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls. The forces include 142 companies of central forces, 74 of the Bihar Military Police and 26,761 personnel of the district armed police. Also, 9,318 jawans of the Bihar Home Guards would do election duty though they would not guard polling stations.
The Election Commission has ordered repoll at two polling stations of Sitamarhi constituency on the recommendation of the district returning officer. Elections were held there on May 7. Additional chief electoral officer R. Laxmanan said repoll at polling booth number 224 of Bathnaha Assembly segment and number 11 of Runnisaidpur Assembly segment would be held between 7am and 4 pm on Sunday (May 11).