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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Updates: 53.34% polling till 6 pm; Banka registers highest turnout at 59.57%

Bihar Election 2020 Phase 1 Voting LIVE Updates: The polling has been concluded for the first phase of Bihar election across 16 districts. The final statistics will be released by the Chief Election Officer Bihar shortly

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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Updates: 53.34% polling till 6 pm; Banka registers highest turnout at 59.57%

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Oct 28, 2020 - 20:11 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

53.34% polling till 6 pm; Banka registers highest turnout at 59.57%

Bihar recorded 53.34% polling till 6 pm in the first phase voting. The polling was held at 16 districts, of which Banka district recorded the highest turnout with over 59% polling. Munger district recorded the lowest turnout at 47.36 percent voting.

Oct 28, 2020 - 19:36 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

CEC says polling amid pandemic huge leap of faith for ECI

In a departure from trend, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Wednesday addressed a press conference after completion of first phase of Assemply election in Bihar. Usually, the presser is addressed by state incharge of the ECI and the Chief Election Commissioner of the respective state. 

Arora thanked the state and EC authorities for smoothly conducting the voting. He said that conducting the polls amid pandemic in a smooth manner was a huge leap of faith for the ECI, instead of a step in the dark.

Oct 28, 2020 - 19:33 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

District-wise polling percentage till 6 pm

 

Oct 28, 2020 - 19:08 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

Minimal cases of EVM malfunctioning reported in first phase polling: EC

The election commission has said that these elections were conducted in a satisfactory manner with very minimal cases of Electronic Voting Machine malfunction were reported this year. The ECI said that only 0.22% of the total ballot units deployed developed a glitch, 0.25% control units were reported as malfunctioning and only 1.25% VVPATS had to be replaced. 

The malfunctions impacted voting time in only one Assembly constitutency: 241 Jamui, where polling had been extended till 7 pm to make up for the lost time. 

Oct 28, 2020 - 18:39 (IST)

 

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

Satisfactory polling in 4 extreme Left-wing districts: ECI

Election Commissioner in a press briefing today said that the polling for first phase included 12 Naxal-hit districts, of which four were considered extremely hit by the Left-wing extremism. He, however, expressed satisfaction about the arrangement and said the polling was conducted in a satisfactory manner. 

Oct 28, 2020 - 18:16 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

State records 51.68% polling till 5 pm

 
According to the state election commission, over 51 percent polling has been recorded in first phase toll 5 pm. The state also saw a good turnout in areas that are under the Naxal influence. According to Hindustan, over 40 percent polling was recorded in all such seats, with the maximum, 49.21 percent votes in Dharhara block of Munger district. 

Oct 28, 2020 - 18:06 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

EC presser on Bihar first phase polling at 6.30 pm 

Oct 28, 2020 - 17:52 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

Tejashwi seeks HC-monitored probe into Munger firing

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday demanded a High Court-monitored probe into the Munger incident in which one person was killed and over two dozen others, including security personnel, were injured in firing and stone-pelting during goddess Durga idol immersion.

While people alleged the young man, who was in his early 20s, died in police firing, the administration said he was hit by a bullet fired by somebody from among the crowd. Munger Superintendent of Police Lipi Singh is the daughter of RCP Singh, the JD(U) leader in the Rajya Sabha. With the incident coming at a time when Bihar is voting on 71 constituencies in the first phase Wednesday, opposition parties are making every efforts to corner the ruling NDA.

Oct 28, 2020 - 17:43 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

Lakhisarai records highest voter turnout until 3 pm

The maximum 49.84 percent turnout has been recorded in Lakhisarai, followed by Buxar (48.91 percent), Kaimur (49.26 percent), Banka (47.44 percent), Patna (45.77 percent), and Bhagalpur (45.51 percent) among others.

Only Sandesh and Barbigha assembly seats have seen less than 40 percent voting till 3 PM out of the total 71 constituencies in the first phase.

Oct 28, 2020 - 17:21 (IST)

Bihar Phase 1 election polling latest updates

Polling ends at 5 more seats in Bihar; voting still underway at 36 seats

Polling ended at 5 pm on five seats in Bihar, namely:  Arwal, Kurtha, Jehanabad, Ghosi, Makhdumpur (Reserved). Earlier, polling had ended at 30 seats at 4 pm and four seats at 3 pm. This leaves 36 seats where polling is scheduled to end at 6 pm

Bihar Election 2020 Phase 1 Voting LATEST Updates: Bihar recorded 53.34% polling till 6 pm in the first phase voting. The polling was held at 16 districts, of which Banka district recorded the highest turnout with over 59% polling. Munger district recorded the lowest turnout at 47.36 percent voting.

The polling has been concluded for the first phase of Bihar election across 16 districts. The final statistics will be released by the Chief Election Officer Bihar shortly.

Election Commissioner in a press briefing today said that the polling for first phase included 12 Naxal-hit districts, of which four were considered extremely hit by the Left-wing extremism. He, however, expressed satisfaction about the arrangement and said the polling was conducted in a satisfactory manner.

According to the state election commission, over 51 percent polling has been recorded in first phase toll 5 pm. The state also saw a good turnout in areas that are under the Naxal influence.

The voting has ended at 30 of the 71 seats that went to polls today. According to Hindi news publication Hindustan, voting was conducted between 7 am to 4 pm on 26 seats, while polling concluded at four seats in red corridor at 3 pm only.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a first today, took on 31-year-old Tejashwi Yadav, the Chief Ministerial candidate of the opposition, a move that was not lost on poll watchers and analysts.

The BJP filed a complaint with Election Commission (EC) against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his tweet in which he sought votes for the Mahagathbandhan, adding that it is this alliance that will fulfil promises of jobs, welfare of farmers and justice.

The Returning Officer will file an FIR against Bihar Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar for violation of the model code of conduct by wearing a mask with his party's symbol at a polling booth in Gaya.

Voters in Lakhisarai constituency's Balgudar village did not turn up at the polling booth in protest against the construction of a museum on a playground.

Demanding a high court-monitored probe, RJD leader Tejshwai Yadav condemned the Munger firing. "This double-engine govt definitely had a role in it. We want to ask Deputy CM Sushil Modi who gave permission to become General Dyer?" he asked.

Urging people to vote for the Mahagathbandhan, Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi, "This time, vote for justice, employment, farmers and labourers and for Mahagathbandhan."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters in Bihar to ensure all precautions, including maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.

In Phase 1 of the Bihar Assembly Election 2020 on 28 October, Wednesday (28 November), polling will take place in 71 constituencies across the state.

Taking into consideration the safety of voters in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the timing of polling has been extended by one hour.

Voters will be able to exercise their franchise from 7 am to 6 pm. The last hour has been set aside for those who have contracted COVID-19 or who are in quarantine, reported Times of India.

Besides, in order to ensure that the social distancing at each polling station can be followed, the Election Commission (EC) has reduced the number of voters at each booth to 1,000. As a result of this, the number of polling stations has gone up to more than one lakh.

In the 2015 Bihar Assembly Elections, the number stood at over 65,000.

To hold Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 safely amid the pandemic, the EC has arranged more than seven lakh hand sanitiser units, about 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh units of faces-shields, 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves, reported The Times of India.

The term of the current Assembly is due to end on 29 November. There are 243 seats in Bihar Assembly.

Here is a detailed list of Bihar Assembly election constituencies going to polls in Phase 1:

1. Kahalgaon
2. Sultanganj
3. Amarpur
4. Dhoraiya (SC)
5. Banka
6. Katoria (ST)
7. Belhar
8. Tarapur
9. Munger
10. Jamalpur
11. Suryagarha
12. Lakhisarai
13. Sheikhpura
14. Barbigha
15. Mokama
16. Barh
17. Masaurhi (SC)
18. Paliganj
19. Bikram
20. Sandesh
21. Barhara
22. Arrah
23. Agiaon (SC)
24. Tarari
25. Jagdishpur
26. Shahpur
27. Brahampur
28. Buxar
29. Dumraon
30. Rajpur (SC)
31. Ramgarh
32. Mohania (SC)
33. Bhabua
34. Chainpur
35. Chenari (SC)
36. Sasaram
37. Kargahar
38. Dinara
39. Nokha
40. Dehri
41. Karakat
42. Arwal
43. Kurtha
44. Jehanabad
45. Ghosi
46. Makhdumpur (SC)
47. Goh
48. Obra
49. Nabinagar
50. Kutumba (SC)
51. Aurangabad
52. Rafiganj
53. Gurua
54. Sherghati
55. Imamganj (SC)
56. Barachatti (SC)
57. Bodh Gaya (SC)
58. Gaya Town
59. Tikari
60. Belaganj
61. Atri
62. Wazirganj
63. Rajauli (SC)
64. Hisua
65. Nawada
66. Gobindpur
67. Warsaliganj
68. Sikandra (SC)
69. Jamui
70. Jhajha
71. Chakai

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