Bihar Poll Updates: 57.92% polling in third phase, 56.41% overall
More than 2.3 crore people across 78 constituencies will vote in the third phase of the elections on Saturday. This is India's first largest election held amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The final phase of polling in the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 is underway as voters across 78 constituencies are casting their votes. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) consisting of Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP) Janata Dal (United), the Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular and the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) will look forward to ensure that the Nitish Kumar-led combine remains in power for the next five years.
The Mahagathbandhan or the Grand Alliance which is led by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, who along with the Congress and Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), will hope that voters choose for a different government after one and a half decade of Nitish’s governance. All eyes will also be on Chirag Paswan, chief of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), who like Tejashwi Yadav (whose father and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav is currently in prison for involvement in the fodder scam), designed and fought the elections after the sudden demise of former union minister and founder of LJP.
78 constituencies which have close to a population of 2.3 crore people began voting at 7am. Important constituencies like Simri Bakhtiyarpur, Supaul, Bihariganj, Purnia and Katihar are among the seats where voting is taking place.
Here are the latest updates from final phase of voting of the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020:
57.92% polling in third phase, 56.41% across three phases
57.92% polling took place on Saturday in the third and final phase of the Bihar assembly polls. 55.68% and 55.70% polling took place in second and third phases respectively. Overall 56.41% voting across three phases.
One exit poll predicts sweep for Tejashwi-led Mahagathbandhan
India Today-Axis exit poll forecasts 131-169 seats for Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan. Poll projects the ruling NDA will win 69-91 seats.
Poll of polls forecast 122 seats for Mahagathbandhan, 112 for NDA
A cumulative poll of polls has forecast 122 seats for the opposition Mahagathbandhan and 112 for the ruling NDA. In the 243-seat Bihar assembly, 123 is the majority mark.
Exit polls forecast edge to Mahagathbandhan
Most exit polls forecast edge to RJD-led Mahagaathbandhan in the Bihar assembly polls.
Exit polls begin for the Bihar assembly polls
News channels are out with their exit polls for the Bihar assembly elections.
55.22% voting in third and final phase till 5pm: EC
55.22% voter turnout recorded till 5pm in the third and last phase of Bihar assembly elections: EC
56.83% and 54.41% male and female voters votes in first phase: EC
56.83% voters male and 54.41% female voters in first phase, 52.92% and 58.80% in second phase: EC
Counting of votes at 8am on November 10: Election Commission
Extremely satisfied and happy that polling happened successfully despite tha pandemic. Counting of votes at 8am on November 10: Election Commission
Extremely enthusiastic polling in Bihar: Election Commission
Extremely enthusiastic polling in all three phases of elections, says Election Commission
Voting for Bihar assembly polls comes to an end
Polling concludes for Bihar assembly elections. Election Commission briefing on.
ITBP jawans carry elderly voters to polling booth
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans carried elderly voters to a polling booth in Muzaffarpur.
Bihar: ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) jawans carry elderly voters to a polling booth in Muzaffarpur.— ANI (@ANI) November 7, 2020
Voting for the third and final phase of #BiharElections is underway in the state today, 78 Assembly constituencies are in fray across 16 districts. pic.twitter.com/jEQ9bz3lZf
Counting of votes to take place on Tuesday
The counting of votes, for all 243 assembly constituencies, will take place on November 10, four days before Diwali.
News channel conduct exit polls in partnership with pollsters
News channels conduct exit polls in partnership with pollsters after voting comes to an end. These are projections of which party or coalition will win the elections, as well as the number of seats they'll win. These may or may not be accurate.
Bihar polling to end at 6pm, exit polls to follow
Third phase polling of the Bihar assembly elections will end at 6pm , bringing to an end voting for these elections. From 6:30pm, new channels will start projecting their exit polls.
45.85% voter turnout recorded till 3pm, says ECI
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday said the voter turnout during the final phase of polling in Bihar stood at 45.85% till 3pm. A total of 78 constituencies across 15 districts are witnessing polling. Counting of votes and declaration of results will be on November 10.
First published: Nov 07, 2020 06:23 IST