The final phase of the Bihar Assembly election 2015 recorded 57 per cent turnout in the 10-hour long voting in 57 Assembly constituencies.
According to reports, polling has been peaceful till now, however, there have been some reports of EVMs malfunctioning in various districts, such as Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Madhubani, where voting began a little late.
Reports at 9 AM:
“Around 11.23 per cent turnout has been reported from 57 Assembly constituencies going to polls in the fifth and final phase of elections. Polling is peaceful as we have not received information of any untoward incident so far,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) R Lakshmanan told a news agency.
The final and most crucial phase of both the Bihar Grand alliance and NDA-led alliance is currently underway in nine districts of Madhubani, Supual, Araria, Kisanganj, Purnea and Katihar Madhepura, Saharsa, and Darbhanga amid tight security arrangements.
Madhubani recorded 10.08 per cent of voting, Supual 14.25 per cent, Araria 8.77, Kisanganj 10.62 per cent, Purnea 12.36 per cent, Katihar 9.50 per cent, Madhepura 13.48 per cent, Saharsa 7.18, and Darbhanga 14 per cent, as per EC bulletin.
Among the districts, Supaul recorded a maximum turnout of 14.25 per cent while Saharsa recorded the lowest turnout of 7.18 per cent till 9 AM.
Around 6 per cent turnout was recorded in the first one hour of polling in these districts. The final voting began at 7 AM amid tight security arrangements. BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain and JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav casted their vote in first two hour.
Hussain, after casting his vote, said: “It is always good experience to vote in your own assembly constituency. I could not vote in my home constituency during Lok Sabha polls due to my engagements in Lok Sabha elections but I always manage to vote in my home constituency during Assembly elections.”