Around 15 per cent polling was recorded in the first three hours in seven Lok Sabha constituencies in
Bihar where voting is on
today in the third phase. There was report of delay in polling in 20 booths in
Katihar due to problems in EVM machines, election office sources said.
In Purnea, an elderly woman who was the first to cast her vote in a booth was presented with flower by the poll official to motivate voters. BJP star contestant Shahnawaz Hussain took a round of polling stations in
to find out if
there were any irregularities. Stakes are high for the party today as five of
the seven seats were won by the party last time in 2009. One each were held by
rivals Congress and JD(U). The five held by BJP are Araria, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur Bhagalpur and Banka. Kisangnaj
was won by Congress and Supaul had gone to JD(U).
By-poll in the Assembly seat of Basie in Purnea and Kochadhaman in Kisanganj saw 15.47 per cent votes cast in the first three hours. A total of 57,000 security personnel, belonging to 221 companies of security forces, including 147 of central armed forces like CRPF, ITBP, BSF, CISF and RPF are on duty for smooth conduct of polls. In two assembly segments Katoria and Belhar of Banka constituency voting would be held till 4 PM due to Maoist threat in the area.