New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday announced that Jharkhand polls will be held in five phases between November 30 and December 20 and the result will be out on December 23.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora told reporters that the polls to 81-member assembly will be held on November 30, December 7, 12, 16 and 20. Thirteen constituencies will go to the polls in the first phase, 20 in the second phase, 17 in the third, 15 in the fourth phase and 16 constituencies will go to polls in the fifth phase.
In 2014 too, the elections were held in five phases.
The BJP is in power the state, which has a large tribal population, and an alliance of opposition parties, mainly the Congress and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, is making a determined bid to oust the government headed by Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
Das is the first state chief minister to have completed the full term of five years in the state, long plagued by fractured mandate and unstable governments.