Patna, October 28
Over 52 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in Phase I of Bihar assembly polls on Wednesday.
“52.24 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm in Phase I of Bihar assembly polls,” CEC Sunil Arora said as polling concluded.
A total of 71 assembly segments of the state’s 243 constituencies voted in the first phase in which nearly 2.15 crore voters were to decide the electoral fate of over 1,000 candidates.
Voting ended at 6 pm.
Voter turnout was low in the beginning, but it progressed with the time everywhere notwithstanding raging coronavirus cases in the state.
As per the provisional voter turnout data updated by the Election Commission at 5 pm, 51.91 per cent of the total electorates have exercised their franchise.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people to follow all COVID-19 norms while going to cast their votes.
“I urge all voters to ensure their participation in this festival of democracy taking all COVID-19 related precautions. Keep ‘do gaj ki doori’ (maintain a distance of two yards,) and wear mask mandatorily. Voting first, breakfast later,” he tweeted.
As the polling began, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged people to cast their votes in favour of the Mahagathbandhan for “justice, employment and farmers-workers”.
“This time for justice, employment, farmers-workers, your vote should be only for ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance),” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
“Good wishes to all of you on the first phase of Bihar elections,” he tweeted with the hashtag in Hindi ‘Aaj Badlega Bihar’.
he 71 constituencies are spread across 16 districts.
The maximum 55.95 per cent turnout has been recorded in Kaimur, followed by 55.44 per cent in Lakhisarai, Buxar (53.84 per cent), Bhagalpur (52.16 per cent) and Patna (51.02 per cent) among others.
Union minister and senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh cast his vote at a polling booth in Lakhisarai, while former Bihar chief minister and HAM president Jitan Ram Manjhi exercised his franchise at a booth in Gaya.
RJD leader and Mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav urged people to vote for a better future, education, health, jobs and development for Bihar.
State ministers and also candidates from different constituencies- Vijay Sinha and Krishnandan Verma- and commonwealth games gold medal winning shooter Shreyasi Singh, BJP nominee from Jamui seat, cast their vote.
Enthusiasm of voters was seen at many a booth. In Nawada, a physically challenged voter reached booth on his tricycle to cast his vote.
बिहार विधानसभा चुनावों में आज पहले दौर की वोटिंग है।
सभी मतदाताओं से मेरा आग्रह है कि वे कोविड संबंधी सावधानियों को बरतते हुए, लोकतंत्र के इस पर्व में अपनी हिस्सेदारी सुनिश्चित करें।
दो गज की दूरी का रखें ध्यान, मास्क जरूर पहनें।
याद रखें, पहले मतदान, फिर जलपान!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 28, 2020
In Dinana assembly constituency, a group of women expressed happiness after exercising franchise.
Polling time was curtailed in the naxal-affected areas.
Out of the 71 constituencies, 35 are in naxal-hit areas where polling was conducted in a staggered manner. PTI