53.32% turnout in third phase of Bihar polls


NEW DELHI: Bihar on Wednesday registered 53.32 per cent turnout in the third phase of the assembly polls, according to chief electoral officer Ajay Nayak.
Buxar recorded maximum 56.58 per cent voter turnout, while Patna saw minimum 51.82 per cent voting.
Continuing with the earlier pattern, women outnumbered men in exercising franchise. While women voter turnout in today’s polling was 54 per cent it was 52.50 for men, Ajay Nayak said.
Nayak said 59 people were arrested during the day. Besides, 38 motorcycles, two country-made pistols and six cartridges were seized by the security personnel. Voting was, however, peaceful.
The third phase polling percentage was nearly three per cent more than the total voting percentage in the 2010 state assembly poll but is less than the first two phases of balloting.
The first phase of polling on October 12 witnessed 57 per cent voters turnout and 54.5 per cent in the second phase on October 16.
Giving details, the CEO said Saran recorded 52.50 per cent turnout, Vaishali 54.82 per cent, Nitish Kumar’s home district Nalanda 54.11 per cent, Patna 51.82 per cent, Bhojpur 53.30 per cent and Buxar 56.58 per cent.
Polling ended at 4pm in ten constituencies due to security reasons and at 5pm in the remaining 40.
The third phase saw voting on 50 assembly seats spread across Patna, Vaishali, Saran, Nalanda, Buxar and Bhojpur districts.
It covered Lalu Prasad’s political turf Saran, which has ten assembly seats and the seven-seat Nalanda region, the home district of chief minister Nitish Kumar.
A total of 808 candidates were in the fray in the third phase.
The list included the two sons of Lalu Prasad, who are contesting from Mahua and Raghopur.

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