Despite Covid, Bihar phase-1 turnout matches 2015 polling

Assembly seats to go to polls in Three phases from Oct 28th to November 7th

54.3% of the Bihar electorate  steps out for voting in the 1st phase of the elections.

When the final voting percentage is collated, the figure could exceed the 54.9% turnout in the 2015 assembly polls.

Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora broke with tradition to address the post-poll briefing, which is usually done at the level of deputy election commissioner, and reiterated that the decision to conduct the polls was “a leap of faith and not a leap in the dark”. He later told TOI.

 

Of the 71 constituencies across 16 districts, Banka recorded the highest voter turnout of 59.6%, followed by Jamui (57.4%), Gaya (57%) and Kaimur (56.9%).
Munger recorded the lowest voting percentage of 47.3%, Bihar’s Chief electoral officer H R Srinivasa said.

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.

Source:TOI

Shruti. R
Bengaluru