60pc polling in final phase of Bihar polls; 56.80 pc overall

NEW DELHI, Nov 5: 60 per cent of the electorate today exercised their franchise in the final round of five-phased polling in Bihar Assembly elections, helping the State register an overall figure of 56.80 per cent–the highest in assembly election in the State’s history.
Deputy Election Commisioner Umesh Sinha told reporters here that the entire poll process in the State in all the 243 seats was conducted in a peaceful manner without any major untoward incident.
“While the total poll percentage for the fifth phase of polls is 60 percent, the overall figures for all the five phases in Bihar has been calculated at 56.80 percent,” he said adding “this is the highest in assembly polls in the State.”
57 constituencies spread over nine districts went to polls today.
The staggered Bihar Assembly polls for the 243-seat Assembly began on October 12 while counting of votes will take place on November 8 (Sunday).
The poll panel said this year’s assembly poll in all the five rounds saw women outnumbering men in turnout–59.92 per cent against 54.07 per cent. Polling in the final phase today also saw women’s turnout ahead of men–63.60 per cent against 56.05 per cent. (AGENCIES)


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