Bihar Assembly Election: 53.54% Voter Turnout Recorded Till 6 pm

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A voter turnout of 53.54 percent has been recorded till 6 pm in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, as per the Election Commission. Polling started at 7 am on Wednesday, 28 October, with lakhs of voters across the state set to seal the fate of 1,066 candidates contesting from 71 seats.

As voting got underway, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the voters to participate in the “festival of democracy”, while following all COVID-19-related precautions.

The first phase of polling covers the southern part of Bihar, with a slightly heavier concentration in the south-west. Region-wise, this would be the Magadh and Bhojpur regions. The state capital Patna also votes in the first phase.

  • Elections to the 243-member Bihar Assembly is being held in three phases, with the second and third phase witnessing a fight over 94 and 78 seats respectively

  • Mahagathbandhan leaders, including Tejashwi Yadav and Randeep Surjewala, slammed the state government over the Munger clashes on Wednesday

  • CM Nitish Kumar faced a great deal of flak after a video of him mocking former CM Rabri Devi for having children surfaced

  • Around 7.92 crore people are eligible to vote in Bihar Assembly elections this year, out of which around 78 lakh are first-time voters

Bihar Elections 2020: 53.54% Voter Turnout Till 6 pm

A voter turnout of 53.54 percent has been recorded till 6 pm in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, as per the Election Commission.

Bihar Elections 2020: 52.24% Voter Turnout Till 5 pm

A voter turnout of 52.24 percent has been recorded till 5 pm in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, as per the Election Commission.

Bihar Elections 2020: 46.29% Voter Turnout Till 3 pm

A voter turnout of 46.29 percent has been recorded till 3 pm in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, as per the Election Commission.

Bihar Elections 2020: 33.10% Voter Turnout Till 1 pm

A voter turnout of 33.10 percent has been recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, as per the Election Commission.

In Photos: Bihar Votes For Next Govt Amid COVID-19

A young man carrying his father leaves after they cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly election, at Paliganj constituency in Patna.
A young man carrying his father leaves after they cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly election, at Paliganj constituency in Patna.
A voter undergoes thermal screening at a polling station before casting her vote for the first phase of Bihar Assembly election, at Naubatpur in Patna.
A voter undergoes thermal screening at a polling station before casting her vote for the first phase of Bihar Assembly election, at Naubatpur in Patna.
Voters, adhering to social distancing norms, stand in a queue to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly election.
Voters, adhering to social distancing norms, stand in a queue to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly election.

0.18% Ballot Units, 0.26% Control Units, 0.53% VVPATs Replaced Till 10 am: EC

In 31,371 polling stations in Bihar during the first phase of the Assembly elections, 41,689 ballot units, 31,371 control units and 31,371 VVPATs have been deployed, the Election Commission said on Wednesday.

As of 10 am, 0.18 percent ballot units, 0.26 percent control units, and 0.53 percent VVPATs have been replaced, it added.

Bihar Elections: Voter Turnout at 18.31%

A voter turnout of 18.31 percent has been recorded 11 am in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, as per the Election Commission.

Slow Voting in Bihar's Munger

The voting in Bihar’s Munger for the Assembly elections has had a slow start, with poll booths relatively empty.

Bihar Elections 2020: 5% Voter Turnout Till 8 am

Mahagathbandhan Slams Bihar Govt Over Munger Clashes

Addressing a press conference as the first phase of voting got underway in Bihar on Wednesday, Mahagathbandhan leaders, including RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav and Congress’ Randeep Singh Surjewala, slammed the state government over the Munger clashes.

Also Read: Bihar Polls: Mahagathbandhan Slams State Govt Over Munger Clashes

Voting Delayed in Jehanabad Polling Booth After EVM Glitch

Voting at a polling booth in Bihar's Jehanabad has been delayed after a glitch was detected in the electronic voting machine (EVM), ANI reported.

Bihar Elections 2020: Visuals of Voting from Munger

Giriraj Singh Casts His Vote in Lakhisarai

Union Minister Giriraj Singh cast his vote at a polling booth in Bihar's Lakhisarai on Wednesday.

PM Modi Urges Voters to Participate, Follow COVID-19 Precautions

As first phase of polling got underway in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the voters to participate in the “festival of democracy”, while following all COVID-19-related precautions.

Two IEDs Recovered, Defused from Aurangabad's Dhibra

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered and defused by the Central Reserve Police Force from Aurangabad's Dhibra area earlier on Wednesday, ANI reported.

When Does Bihar Go to the Polls?

Voting for Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases – first on 28 October, second on 3 November and the third on 7 November – while counting of all votes will take place on 10 November.

The Main Parties in the Fray

While multiple parties are experimenting their luck in Bihar elections, there are two main pre-poll alliances that are at play in the poll-bound state.

National Democratic Alliance (CM FACE: NITISH KUMAR) – This ensemble includes Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), which is contesting on 115 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party, contesting on 100 seats, the Vikassheel Insaan Party, contesting on 11 seats and Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha, contesting on 7 seats.

Mahagathbandhan (CM FACE: TEJASHWI YADAV) – Also known as the Grand Alliance, this grouping is made up of Opposition parties including the Rashtriya Janata Dal, contesting on 144 seats, the Congress, contesting on 70 seats, and the CPI-ML, CPI, AND CPIM contesting on 19, 6, and 4 seats respectively.

Apart from these two, the Grand Democratic Secular Front, which included Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samajwadi Party, along with two other parties.

Durga Immersion Turns Violent in Munger

One person was killed allegedly after police opened fire following a clash over a delay in Durga Puja idol immersions in Munger on Monday night. Almost 30 persons were injured in the clash between pandal organisers and the police.

PM Modi Has 6 Siblings: Tejashwi Retorts at Nitish’s 8-9 Kids Jibe

Ahead of the polls, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday, 25 October, without specifically naming anyone, took a jibe at Tejashwi Yadav at an election rally.

The JD(U) chief said: “Does anyone care? They have eight-nine children. They have no faith in their daughters. After so many daughters, they had a son. You all can see – this is the kind of Bihar they want to make,” Kumar was quoted as saying by NDTV.

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