Voting in Bihar elections | Photo Courtesy: AP

Approximately 53.54 per cent electorate exercised their franchise, braving Novel Coronavirus threats, in the first of three-phased assembly elections in Bihar on October 28.

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Bihar became the first state in India where general election was held during the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora congratulated the electorate of Bihar, saying their impressive turn-out has also boosted the morale of Election Commission of India.

After end of the polling of first phase, chief electoral officer HR Srinivasa told media persons that approximately 53.54 per cent electorate exercised their franchise.

Srinivasa said that maximum polling percentage was reported from Dhoraiya seat in Banka district where 62.50 per cent electorate exercised their franchise.

Minimum of 43.80 per cent polling was recorded in Sandesh constituency of Bhojpur district, he added.

Srinivasa said that polling percentage in 2015 Bihar assembly election was 54.75, and in this election, it was a marginal decline which could be termed as a good figure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Polling was held in 71 assembly constituencies spreading over 16 districts.

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