Patna, April 23: Bihar witnessed more than 54.95 per cent voter turnout till 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the third phase of the seven-phased process in the state.
The voting has been peaceful and there are no reports of violence, except some clashes between supporters of rival parties,” news agency IANS quoted a senior official as saying.
In Madhepura, 54 per cent voting was recorded, in Supaul 57 and Araria 57 per cent each, Khagaria 56 per cent and Jhanjgarpur 50 percent.
Technical glitches in EVMs though reportedly delayed the balloting process in Khagaria, Madhepuea and Araria, which will see over 88 lakh voters deciding the fate of 82 candidates, along with Supaul and Jhanjharpur — all of which are in Koshi and Seemanchal region.
Heavy security arrangements were made at the polling booths. Three helicopters were also requisitioned to provide air cover as well.
“In the first hour, women in particular came out in large numbers. It has been a slow start but polling will pick up in the next three-four hours,” as per the official.
Prominent candidates in the fray are Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Sharad Yadav from Madhepura seat, who is fielded against Pappu Yadav; Congress’ Ranjeet Ranjan from Supaul.