The second of a ten-phase panchayat elections in Bihar began today to elect 27,514
posts of the three-tier rural administrative structure, officials said.

“Polls began on a peaceful note amid tight security. There were no reports of violence
during initial hour,” an official said.

In the first phase of polls, one person was killed and over a dozen injured in group
clashes in the state.

Around 59.85 lakh people are eligible to vote in this phase in 60 blocks spread in 38

There are 12,719 polling stations and state election commission has deployed 3,742
patrolling magistrates.

The panchayat system elects representatives at the district, block and village levels.

Of the 7.38 lakh nominations, 3.85 lakh have been filed by women against the 50 per
cent reserved posts.

The staggered elections will conclude on May 30.