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Live: 27 per cent turnout recorded till 11 am in phase one of Bihar polls

Live: 27 per cent turnout recorded till 11 am in phase one of Bihar polls
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Around 27 per cent turnout was reported from different parts of Bihar till 11am during polling in 49 assembly constituencies.

Around 27 per cent turnout was reported from different parts of Bihar till 11am during polling in 49 assembly constituencies.


Earlier, the Election Commission said that 13 per cent turnout was recorded in first 2 hours of polling.

"Till 9 am, 13 per cent turnout has been recorded in all the 49 assembly constituencies going to polls in the first phase. Polling is peaceful in the state as we have received no information of any untoward untoward incident," Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan told PTI.

While Banka has recorded a maximum turnout of 14 per cent, Samastipur recorded the lowest turnout of seven per cent till 9 am.

Meanwhile, a CRPF commandant, identified as P K Mishra, and his body guard Mantu Kumar were injured in a road mishap in Bihar's Munger district during patrolling of elections. The motor-cycle borne commandant and the jawan were injured when they lost control of the vehicle in order to save an animal, Mishra, who has been admitted to Sadar hospital, said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called out to the people of the state to cast their vote in large numbers. "Urging all those voting today in Bihar to vote in large numbers. I particularly urge my young friends to cast their vote," Modi tweeted.



Polling was temporarily halted at Ramchandrapur booth number 86 in Sarairanjan constituency, due to EVM malfunction.

A total number of 1,35,72,339 electorate will cast their votes in the 49 Assembly seats for which 583 candidates, including 54 women, are in the fray.



The polling will be held between 7 am and 3 pm in nine constituencies - Tarapur, Jamalpur, Suryagraha, Rajauli (SC), Govindpur, Sikandara (SC), Jamui, Jhajha and Chakai.

The duration of polling on four constituencies – Alauli (SC), Beldaur, Katoria (ST), Belhar - will end at 4 pm. The polling for the remaining 36 constituencies will be held between 7 am to 5 pm.

The duration of polling hours in 13 Assembly seats have been shortened on the basis of assessment of law and order situation with all these constituencies falling in Naxal-hit areas, Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) R Laxmanan said.

Of the total electors, there are 72,37,253 male, 63,17,602 female and 405 third gender, he said.

Among the break-up of seats being contested by different political parties in the first phase, the BSP leads the pack with 41 candidates, followed by BJP (27), RJD (17), LJP (13), Congress (8) and RLSP (6). Among the left front constituents, the CPI has fielded 25 candidates followed by the CPI-M at 12.

As many as 13,212 polling stations have been set up for the first phase for which 63,624 polling personnel have been deployed, he said.

Laxmanan said that 1.20 lakh personnel of Central Paramilitary Forces have been deployed to ensure free and fair polls adding that every polling station will be manned by a CPF personnel.

Out of the total number of 13,212 polling stations, 7,384 are tagged as critical and 2,255 are Left-Wing Extremists-hit. He said that five helicopters, including three Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been deployed for air surveillance during polling.

The number of mounted police force to be used for patrolling stands at 50, while 33 motor boats have been pressed into service for riverine petrolling.

As many as 935 video cameras and 339 android mobile phones have been put into use to ensure free and fair poll, the ACEO said.
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