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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Updates: 876 cases of MCC violations, Rs 66.84 cr seized during entire election, says EC

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Updates: Deputy Election Commissioner in-charge Chandra Bhushan Kumar said that there were 156 cases of violation fo COVID rules while 52,000 voters over 80 years and persons with disabilities voted using postal ballots.

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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Updates: 876 cases of MCC violations, Rs 66.84 cr seized during entire election, says EC

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Nov 07, 2020 - 18:26 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

Turnout of 55.22 percent, says EC


A total of 876 MCC violation cases were recorded, 165 were of COVID rule violations and seizures amounted to Rs 66.84 crore during the entire election. "This is many times more than the previous rounds," said Bhushan.

Turnout for third phase is 55.22 percent according to the voter turnout app and is expected to increase further, the EC said.  In 2015, the total poll percentage  was over 56%. Considering COVID-19, current turnout is quite respectable, the official said. Turnout in Lok Sabha bypoll in ValmikiNagar constituency was over 53 percent till 5 pm, he added.

There were 0.45percent replacements in ballot units, 0.49 percent in control units and 1.83 percent in VVPATS and no damage or reports of complaints of VVPATs or of aspersions on functioning of EVMS, said the EC.

Nov 07, 2020 - 18:20 (IST)

52,000 persons availed of postal ballots, says EC

EC official Chandra Bhushan Kumar said that there 1,06,515 booths for the 2020 Bihar elections,  up from 65,000 in 2015 as not more than 1,000 were voters allowed per booth due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 5 lakh officials were enlisted for the exercise of which 30% were women. Also, the polling time was extended by an hour till 6 pm in the evening to ensure increased participation. It was also decided that to provide postal ballot facility for those aged 80 above, PwDs and COVID-19 patients, Nearly 52,000 persons availed of this facility, the official said.  Over 2.3 lakh migrant labourers were included through a special drive

Nov 07, 2020 - 18:11 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

Third phase conducted successfully, says EC

"We stand today at a very unique point in history. The election commission was apprehensive over how elections could be conducted during the pandemic. However, the third and final phase has been conducted successfully and shows maturity of voters," said Umesh Sinha, secretary general of Election Commission As preparations begin in advance, logistics and all were in place but the pandemic's onslaught began in March. "Bihar is one of the most populous states in the country and one of the biggest globally as well. The Election process is very robust, very well planned and EC is very well equipped to conduct elections in one of the most adverse situations," he added and acknowledged the indomitable spirit of the voters, especially the aged, persons with disability and other vulnerable people. The officials also thanked administrative machinery including polling officials and security personnel on the ground and the Bihar CEC.

Nov 07, 2020 - 17:30 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

FIR against RJD candidate from Jorikhat

The RJD candidate from Jokihat assembly segment Sarfaraz Alam, who seeks to wrest the seat from his own brother now contesting on an AIMIM ticket,
has ended up being booked for violating model code of conduct, a senior official said on Saturday. Instructions were issued to lodge an FIR against Alam
after he was spotted at a polling station wearing a badge denoting lantern  the RJDs poll symbol, said District Magistrate Prashant Kumar. 

However, Alam claimed it was an "oversight" and that he would "fully cooperate with any legal proceedings" that may arise out of the incident.

Nov 07, 2020 - 16:21 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

45.85% voter turnout till 3 pm in phase 3

The voter turnout in Bihar assembly elections for the third phase was 45.85 per cent till 3 pm.  

Nov 07, 2020 - 15:59 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

Deceasesd in Purnia firing incident identified as RJD leader's brother

Nov 07, 2020 - 15:37 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

Firing at polling booth in Purnia's Sarsi, one dead

According to local news reports, there has been a firing incident at a polling booth in Sarsi seat in the Purnia district. One person has reportedly died in the incident, Prabhat Khabar reported. 

The firing incident was triggered after heated arguments between villagers and security forces who allegedly beat up voters for breaking a queue at booth number 282, said a New Indian Express report. There has been no official statement on the matter yet. 

Nov 07, 2020 - 15:05 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

Independent candidate from Madhubani's Benipatti passes away due to COVID

Former JD(U) leader and an Independent candidate from Madhubani's Benipatti seat, Neeraj Jha breathed his last in AIIMS Patna today. Jha had contracted coronavirus and was under treatment at the hospital since past 10 days. He also had type-II diabetes, according to Hindustan

Nov 07, 2020 - 14:24 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

34.82% voter turnout till 1 pm

The voter turnout for the third phase was 34.82 percent till 1 pm. The district wise polling percentage is as follows:

West Champaran- 35.81 percent
East Champaran- 33.62 percent
Sitamarhi- 31.51 percent
Madhubani- 34.76 percent
Supaul- 35.73 percent
Araria- 32.79 percent
Kishananj- 34.45 percent
Purnia- 36.86 percent
Katihar- 35.34 percent

Nov 07, 2020 - 14:22 (IST)

Bihar phase 3 election voting latest updates

Coalitions other than NDA, Grand Alliance in Bihar

Apart from the NDA and Grand Alliance, the Grand Democratic Secular Front (GDSF) led by Upendra Kushwaha and the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) led by Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav are two other alliances in Bihar struggling to make their presence felt.

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha forged a tie-up with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Asaduddin Owaisi, Samajwadi Janata Dal Democratic, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party and Jantantrik Party.

Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader Pappu Yadav, who unsuccessfully tried to find space Rashtriya Lok Samata Party in the NDA first and then in the Grand Alliance, has cobbled up a coalition with the Azad Samaj Party led by Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, Bahujan Mukti Party, which is active in Bundelkhand and eastern region of Uttar Pradesh, and Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI) to contest the Bihar polls.

As part of the Grand Democratic Secular Front, the RLSP is contesting from 104 assembly seats, BSP on 80 seats, AIMIM 24, Samajwadi Janata Dal 25 and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party and Jantantrik Party on five seats each. The PDA is also contesting all the 243 seats.

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Updates: During a press briefing, Deputy Election Commissioner in-charge Chandra Bhushan Kumar said a total of 876 MCC violation cases were recorded, there were 165 of COVID rule violations and seizures amounted to Rs 66.84 crore during the entire election. "This is many times more than the previous rounds," said Bhushan.

Former JD(U) leader and an Independent candidate from Madhubani's Benipatti seat, Neeraj Jha breathed his last in AIIMS Patna today. Jha had contracted coronavirus and was under treatment at the hospital since past 10 days. He also had type-II diabetes, according to Hindustan.

A polling station in Begusarai wore a deserted look as locals decided to boycott elections alleging lack of development in the area.

People at 12 booths under Kusail panchayat in Kadwa Assembly constituency of Katihar are boycotting the polls in protest against barriers not being installed in nearby Minapur and Jhaua railway crossings.

Paswan appealed for "blessings" for BJP candidates and said that not a single vote given to JD(U) will make any changes in Bihar tomorrow.

LJP's Chirag Paswan hit out at CM Nitish Kumar said the people have to followthe policy of 'if not now, when'. "This time, he has not given the account of the last five years and now sir is retiring. After five years, he will not even come to ask for your blessings," he tweeted.

An employee of irrigation department, who was on polling duty, died in Muzaffarpur while on duty after his condition deteriorated.

Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to the youth to vote to encourage development and good governance in Bihar. Meanwhile, BJP chief JP Nadda urged the people to participate in the biggest festival of democracy for the progress of their state.

Voting was stalled as an electronic voting machine (EVM) at a a polling station in Sitamarhi's Riga stopped functioning. Meanwhile, re-poll is being held at two polling stations of Hisua assembly segment in Nalanda district where votes were cast in the second phase on 3 November, owing to damage to the EVMs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to come out in large numbers to vote and break all records, while Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted that Bihar is on the cusp of a change.

Asserting that Nitish Kumar will never return to the chief ministerial post, Chirag Paswan expressed confidence that LJP will perform well in the third phase.

Voters in 78 constituencies are set to exercise their franchise in the third and final phase of the Bihar Assembly polls today (7 November). All eyes are on the last phase as stakes are high for the ruling NDA and the Opposition's Grand Alliance led by an apparently resurgent RJD.

About 2.34 crore voters, spread across 78 segments of the 243-strong Assembly, will decide the fate of 1,204 candidates, including the Assembly Speaker and 12 members of the state cabinet.

Additionally, polling will also take place for the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat where a by-election has been necessitated by the death of sitting JD(U) MP Baidyanath Mahato.

The JD(U)'s bid to retain the Parliamentary seat by fielding his son Sunil Kumar is facing the primary challenge from Congress candidate Pravesh Kumar Mishra, a journalist-turned-politician.

Like Valmiki Nagar Parliamentary seat, all the Assembly segments spread across 19 districts fall in north Bihar. Areas falling north of the Ganges in the state are referred to as north Bihar in common parlance.

Many of these fall in the Kosi-Seemanchal region where the contest between NDA and Grand Alliance will be held under the shadow of the Owaisi factor given the fact that the AIMIM has fielded candidates in many of the Muslim-dominated seats and the Hyderabad MP also carried out a hectic campaign in the state.

The Kosi-Seemanchal region also happens to be the main area of influence for former MP Pappu Yadav, whose Jan Adhikar Party is determined to make its presence felt and prove a point to the RJD, PTI reported. Both draw their support from the state's most populous community — the Yadavs.

As in the previous two phases, Chirag Paswan's LJP is also in the fray in a number of seats this time, threatening to play spoilsport for the NDA, especially the JD(U), with its repeated pleas that "every vote cast in favour of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's party will be a loss for Bihar's future".

While the NDA looked surefooted till a few months ago, poll pundits have begun to predict "winds of change" and the ruling coalition seems to have taken note, as emotional appeals to the voters have emanated from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish, who is seeking a fourth straight term in the chief minister's office.

Modi, who presided over 12 rallies during the campaign, came out with an open letter addressed to the people of the state on Thursday, saying, he "needed" Nitish in the state so that the development of Bihar continued unhindered.

Nitish, on his part, stunned all by winding up his last election meeting in Purnia district on Thursday with the remark "this is my last election. And all is well that ends well".

The chief minister, who seems to be bearing the brunt of the perceived anti-incumbency, caught his party members unawares with the comment. PTI reported that public anger is seemingly directed at the JD(U) more than the BJP.

His old associate and state unit president Vashishtha Narayan Singh has insisted that Nitish was himself not in the fray, having been a member of the legislative council ever since he occupied the top post in the state, and he must have meant to say it was the "last rally he was addressing for the current elections".

The RJD, once considered invincible, is leaving no stone unturned to make a comeback, enthused by the response its chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav has been receiving.

The party has forged a rainbow coalition that comprises its old ally, the Congress, and the Left parties.

Prominent candidates include Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary of the JD(U), famed for his ability to win over hostile opponents with a disarming smile, who seeks to do a hat-trick in Sarairanjan.

JD(U) ministers in the fray are Bijendra Prasad Yadav (Supaul), Narendra Narayan Yadav (Alamnagar), Maheshwar Hazari (Kalyanpur), Ramesh Rishideo (Singheshwar), Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmed (Sikta), Lakshmeshwar Roy (Laukaha), Bima Bharti (Rupauli) and Madan Sahni (Bahadurpur). Four ministers are in the fray from the BJP, including Pramod Kumar (Motihari), Suresh Sharma (Muzaffarpur), Binod Narayan Jha (Benipatti) and Krishnakumar Rishi (Banmankhi).

Besides, family members of late ministers Vinod Kumar Singh (BJP) and Kapil Deo Kamat (JDU) are in the fray from the late legislators' respective seats Pranpur and Babubarhi.

Another keenly watched candidate is Subhashini Yadav from Bihariganj whose father, veteran socialist leader and former Union minister Sharad Yadav, had been a multiple-term MP from Madhepura under which the Assembly segment falls. She is contesting on a Congress ticket.

Saturday will be the last leg of the voting in the current Bihar polls where elections are being conducted amid a raging COVID-19 pandemic. Counting of votes is scheduled for 10 November.

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