Bihar Elections: Polling underway for first phase of assembly elections
In Bihar, polling is underway for the First Phase of State Assembly Elections amidst tight security arrangements in 71 constituencies spread over 16 districts. Around 7.35 per cent of eligible voters exercised their franchise till 9 a.m. Chief Electoral Officer H.R. Srinivasa said, people are coming to cast their votes with enthusiasm. He expressed hope that polling percentage will be more this time as compared to that in the last elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged voters to exercise their franchise in the First Phase. In a tweet, Mr Modi asked everyone to take all necessary precautions like wearing masks and maintain Do Gaj Ki Doori.
This is the first election in the country amid COVID pandemic situation. Thermal screening of all persons is being carried out and sanitizers have been made available at all locations during polling. All Polling Booths have been sanitized. Only 1,000 voters will exercise their franchise at each booth, instead of 1,500.
Polling will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Out of 71 constituencies, 35 are in Naxal-affected areas where it will be held in the staggered manner. Polling will be up to 3 p.m. in four Naxal-affected constituencies of Chainpur, Nabinagar, Kutumba and Rafiganj while in other five Naxal-affected constituencies polling will be upto 5 p.m. In the remaining 26 Naxal-affected constituencies, polling will be upto 4 p.m.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Kumar Singh told AIR News that Central Para-Military Forces have been deployed in Naxal-infested areas to ensure free and fair polling. Helicopters have also been pressed into service for air patrolling to avert any untoward incident. Combing operation has also been launched in Naxal-affected areas.