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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:
4. Dhoraiya (SC)
6. Katoria (ST)
17. Masaurhi (SC)
23. Agiaon (SC)
30. Rajpur (SC)
32. Mohania (SC)
35. Chenari (SC)
46. Makhdumpur (SC)
50. Kutumba (SC)
55. Imamganj (SC)
56. Barachatti (SC)
57. Bodh Gaya (SC)
58. Gaya Town
63. Rajauli (SC)
68. Sikandra (SC)