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Bihar elections: 57.59 per cent turnout in fourth phase

An estimated 57.59 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the fourth phase of Bihar Assembly poll for 55 assembly seats on Sunday.

Muzaffarpur:Police persons carry EVMa ahead of polling of the 4th phase of Bihar assembly polls in Muzaffarpur on Saturday. PTI photo(PTI10_31_2015_000296B)
Muzaffarpur:Police persons carry EVMa ahead of polling of the 4th phase of Bihar assembly polls in Muzaffarpur on Saturday. (Source: PTI photo)

A “record” 57.59 per cent of over 1.46 crore voters cast their ballots in 55 assembly seats in Bihar today in the fourth and penultimate round of polling, which passed off “by and large” peacefully except for stray incidents of violence and police firing.

“Today’s polling passed off, by and large, peacefully in the fourth phase with a total turnout of 57.59 per cent,” Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Nayak told reporters at the conclusion of the polling.

Deputy Election Commissioner incharge of Bihar Umesh Sinha told a press conference in Delhi that at 57.59 per cent, the voter turnout today can be described as a “record”.

The voter turnout in 55 constituencies spread over seven districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran, West Champaran, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Gopalganj and Siwan, was three per cent more than what was recorded in 2010 assembly elections, Nayak, who was accompanied by Additional CEOs R Lakshmanan and Arvind Choudhary, said.

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As with the earlier three phases, women outnumbered men in voting. While 60.40 per cent of women voters exercised their franchise, the figure for men was 54.20 per cent, Nayak said.

“In phase one, the turnout was 54.85 per cent. In phase two it was 54.99 per cent and in the third phase the turnout was recorded at 54.24 per cent,” Sinha said, adding average of all the four phases was 55.41 per cent.

Nayak said police opened fire and used “mild” lathicharge at Rataura village of Raghunathpur constituency in Siwan district where tension prevailed after BJP candidate Manoj Kumar Singh complained about alleged irregularities at some polling stations.

Sinha said members of two communities attacked each other with stones.

“Police fired three rounds and resorted to mild lathicharge to bring the situation under control. There was a full possibility of communal tension, but the situation was brought under control…DM and SP are camping at the site and Rapid Action Force has been deployed,” the CEO said, adding two injured persons have been hospitalised.

An inquiry has been ordered and strict action will be taken against those responsible, he said.

An FIR was lodged against Hindustani Awam Morcha candidate from Sheohar Lovely Anand, a former Lok Sabha member, for obstructing polling at booth number 50.

Polling resumed after a while following intervention by the concerned District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, he said.

Nayak said Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Pakridayal in East Champaran district Vijay Kumar was taken off poll duty after he was found moving with JD(U) candidate Shivji Rai.

Highlights:

5:41 pm: 57.59% polling recorded till 5 pm

5:00 pm: 55.32% polling recorded till 4pm.

4:10 pm: 52.42% polling recorded till 3pm.

1.30 pm: 42.94% polling recorded till 1pm.

12.30 pm: 35.68% polling recorded till 12 noon.

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11.30 am: 27.77% polling recorded till 11 AM.

10.20 am: 18.97% voter turnout recorded till 10 AM.

9.45 am: 12.13% polling recorded till 9 AM.

9.30 am:

9.00 am: Clash between police officials and voters outside booth number 50 in Sheohar, police resorts to lathicharge.

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8.30 am: 4.77% polling recorded in the first hour of 4th phase of Bihar polls

7.40 am:

7.20 am:

7.10 am: