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Violence-free third phase election in Bihar, 60 percent voter turnout

Patna, Apr 23 (UNI) Bihar today witnessed peaceful polling as an estimated 60 percent of nearly 89 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in the third phase of Lok Sabha election as the voter turnout was slightly better than the last parliamentary election`s turnout.

The polling was completely peaceful, remarked Chief Electoral Officer H R Srinivas in a press conference after the conclusion of third phase of Lok Sabha election in Bihar.
Five constituencies of north Bihar- Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura and Khagaria went to the poll in the third phase.

He said that the voter turnout in 2014 Lok Sabha election was 59.08 percent.
In Jhanjharpur constituency, 56.92 percent voters exercised their franchise against 55.99 percent in 2014 election. The corresponding figures for Supaul, Araria, Madhepura and Khagaria constituencies in 2019 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections were (62.80 percent, 62.24 percent), (62.34 percent, 60.46 percent), (59.12 percent, 58.61 percent) and (58.83 percent, 58.08 percent) respectively.

CEO said that 46 people were detained when they were found disturbing polling process in the third phase. The highest 35 people were detained in Khagaria district.

Altogether 82 candidates, including veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav are in the electoral fray during third phase of Lok Sabha elections in five seats in Bihar today.

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