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Bihar Election 2020 Voting Live: Minimal cases of EVM malfunctioning reported in first phase polling, says EC

Bihar Election 2020 Phase 1 Voting LIVE Updates: Taking into consideration the safety of voters in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the timing of polling has been extended by one hour. Voters will be able to exercise their franchise from 7 am to 6 pm

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Bihar Election 2020 LIVE Updates:

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. The ECI said that only 0.22% of the total ballot units deployed developed a glitch, 0.25% control units were reported as malfunctioning and only 1.25% VVPATS had to be replaced.

The malfunctions impacted voting time in only one Assembly constitutency: 241 Jamui, where polling had been extended till 7 pm to make up for the lost time.

Polling is underway in 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar in the first phase of three-phase elections amid tight security and COVID-19 guidelines in place. The fate of over a thousand candidates across these assembly segments will be decided Wednesday by more than two crore voters. Of the nearly 2.15 crore electors eligible to exercise the franchise, 1.12 crore are male, 1.01 crore female and 599 are from the third gender.

A day after violence in Munger, the Mahagathbandhan slammed the state government over the law and order situation in Bihar. “This double-engine govt definitely had a role in it. Who gave permission to become General Dyer? What has Sushil Modi done except for tweeting,” RJD leader and grand alliance chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav said, requesting a high court-monitored probe in the matter.

Further sharpening their attack on the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that there is a ‘Nirday Kumar’ and ‘Nirmam Modi’ government in Bihar.

Apart from Tejashwi Yadav and Surjewala, AICC Incharge, Shakti Singh Gohil and leaders of Left Parties were present at the “special and urgent” press conference.

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7:17PM 28 Oct, 20
Lakhisarai records highest voter turnout until 3 pm

The maximum 49.84 percent turnout has been recorded in Lakhisarai, followed by Buxar (48.91 percent), Kaimur (49.26 percent), Banka (47.44 percent), Patna (45.77 percent), and Bhagalpur (45.51 percent) among others.

Only Sandesh and Barbigha assembly seats have seen less than 40 percent voting till 3 PM out of the total 71 constituencies in the first phase.

7:16PM 28 Oct, 20
Minimal cases of EVM malfunctioning reported in first phase polling: EC

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. The ECI said that only 0.22% of the total ballot units deployed developed a glitch, 0.25% control units were reported as malfunctioning and only 1.25% VVPATS had to be replaced. 

The malfunctions impacted voting time in only one Assembly constitutency: 241 Jamui, where polling had been extended till 7 pm to make up for the lost time. 

7:16PM 28 Oct, 20
Total Voter Turnout till 6 PM

The first phase of voting in Bihar elections came to an end with 53.46% per cent voter turnout till 6 PM.

7:15PM 28 Oct, 20
Bihar: 46.29% voter turnout recorded recorded till 3 pm

Voter turnout of 46.29% recorded till 3 PM in the first phase of Bihar Elections.

2:44PM 28 Oct, 20
Bihar polls: 33.10 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 am in the first phase of polling

As per reports, 33.10 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of polling being held across 71 assembly seats today.

2:43PM 28 Oct, 20
Former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi casts his vote

Former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi casts his vote at a polling booth in Gaya during the first phase of state assembly elections. He said, "out of 71 seats in phase-1, NDA will comfortably win around 50 seats.

2:35PM 28 Oct, 20
Rahul Gandhi: For justice, employment, vote only for Mahagathbandhan

As polling began for the first phase of the Bihar elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday urged voters to cast their votes in favour of the 'Mahagathbandhan’ for "justice, employment and farmers-workers."

2:34PM 28 Oct, 20
Take a look at Prime Minister Modi's statement in Darbhanga

People of Bihar have taken a resolve to again defeat those who brought 'jungle raj' in the state, those who looted Bihar. These are the people under whose government crime was rampant in the state

11:58AM 28 Oct, 20
Bihar polls: 18.48 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11am in the first phase of polling

18.48 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11am in the first phase of polling in Bihar. At least 2.14 crore voters are today deciding the fate of 1,066 candidates contesting for 71 seats

11:52AM 28 Oct, 20
PM Modi highlights achievements of Centre's Ujjwala Yojana scheme at Darbhanga rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Darbhanga rally that under the provisions of Centre's Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana- LPG connection was provided to nearly nine million women in Bihar.

11:40AM 28 Oct, 20
CM is now playing role of General Dyer who ordered Jallianwalah massacre: Chirag Paswan

LJP chief Chirag Paswan also hits out at chief minister Nitish Kumar for the Munger incident. He also compared Kumar with General Dyer. "Who is responsible for the firing and lathi charge incident in Munger? Chief Minister is now playing the role of General Dyer who ordered the Jallianwalah massacre. I am sure CM is responsible for the incident, an investigation should be done," Paswan said. 

11:01AM 28 Oct, 20
Voters of Balgudar village in Lakhisarai district boycott elections

Voters of Balgudar village in Lakhisarai district boycott elections, booth number 115 wears a deserted look.

"Villagers are not voting as they're protesting against the construction of a museum on a playground," says Booth No. 115 Presiding Officer Mohammad Ikramul Haq.

10:49AM 28 Oct, 20
Bihar polls: Voters of Balgudar village in Lakhisarai district boycott elections

Voters of Balgudar village in Lakhisarai district boycott elections, booth number 115 wears a deserted look.

"Villagers are not voting as they're protesting against the construction of a museum on a playground," says Booth No. 115 Presiding Officer.

10:14AM 28 Oct, 20
Nitish Kumar will ditch BJP to join RJD: Chirag Paswan

Even one vote given to Nitish Kumar will not only weaken and ruin Bihar, but will also strengthen the RJD and the Grand Alliance, Chirag Paswan said in a tweet in Hindi. "He has done preparations to leave the BJP and go with the RJD after the elections. Earlier also, he has formed the government with the blessings of RJD".

10:12AM 28 Oct, 20
Vote for jobs and justice: Rahul Gandhi

Urging people to vote for the Mahagathbandhan, Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi, "This time, vote for justice, employment, farmers and labourers and for Mahagathbandhan."

10:08AM 28 Oct, 20
Bihar assembly elections: 6.74% voting till 9 am, Munger among the lowest at just over 4%

Bihar has recorded 6.74 per cent voting till 9 am. Munger where violence broke out on Monday night between the administration and Durga devotees among the lowest at just over 4 per cent.

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