Second Phase Of Assembly Polls In Bihar Sees 53.5% Turnout, Figure Likely To Rise
An election official registers a voter outside a polling station. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Second Phase Of Assembly Polls In Bihar Sees 53.5% Turnout, Figure Likely To Rise

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The 94 assembly constituencies that went to poll in the phase two of Bihar elections on Tuesday recorded 53.51% turnout and the figure was likely to go up as voting continued beyond schedule in several places, the Election Commission said.

The combined voter turnout in the two phases was recorded at 53.79% till 5 p.m., the Commission said.

In the corresponding constituencies which went to poll in the 2015 assembly polls, the turnout was 55.35%, the EC said.

The 94 constituencies of Bihar assembly went to poll in the second phase of elections which will decide the electoral fate of RJD leader and Mahagathbandhan's chief ministerial face Tejashwi Yadav and more than 1,450 other candidates.

Polling began at 7 a.m., but the time for its conclusion has been extended by one hour till 6 p.m. to facilitate Covid-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise during the final hour. The process, however, concluded early in the Maoist-hit areas.

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