Patna, Oct 16: An estimated 55 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in 32 constituencies across six Maoist-affected districts of Bihar today in the second phase of assembly elections which passed off peacefully.
Here are Live Updates on the 2nd phase polls:
6.35 pm: 2nd phase of Bihar polls: Women voters outnumbered men voters by 5%; polling% of women voters- 57.5%, polling % men voters- 52.5%.
6.20 pm: Polling % for 2nd phase of #Biharpolls: Kaimur - 57.86%; Rohtas- 54.66%; Arwal- 53.21%; Jehanabad - 56.49%; Aurangabad- 52.50%; Gaya - 55.54%.
6.00 pm: 55 per cent voter turnout registered in second phase of Bihar polls today: EC.
5.50 pm: Ceiling fan falls on Lalu Prasad Yadav during an election rally in Motihari, Bihar.
Ceiling fan falls on Lalu Prasad Yadav during an election rally in Motihari, Bihar pic.twitter.com/kn37SKJsVT— ANI (@ANI_news) October 16, 2015
5.02 pm: Second phase of Bihar Polls: Polling ends in Jehanabad.
4.02 pm: 52% voter turnout till 3 pm in
3.45 pm: Out of 32 constituencies, voting ends in 11 seats at 3pm.
2.45 pm: Gaya, Bihar: Jitan Ram Manjhi casts his vote for Bihar polls
2.00 pm: Polling percentage of 42.6% seen until
1 pm for the second phase of Bihar polls.
12 noon: 36.27% voter turnout recorded till 12 noon;
11.30 am: 10 villages of Ghoshi Assembly voted for 1st time, Chandradev Mahto aged 80 also voted for 1st time.
11.15 am: Polling percentage of 29.92% seen until 11 am, Gaya registers highest with 29.08%.
11.00 am: Polling percentage of 20.61% seen until 10 am, Gaya records highest at 22%.
10.15 am: BJP's Prem Kumar casts his vote in Gaya.
10.10 am: 7 polling booths in Gaya district are managed by women, from security officers to election officials.
10.05 am: Drones and more than 1 lakhs security persons have been deployed for the 2nd phase of Bihar polls.
10.00 am: Polling percentage of 10.76% seen until 9 am.
9.50 am: "No one wins elections on a tweet. Bihar people want development under BJP, it is clear" says Prakash Javadekar on Arvind Kejriwal's tweet.
9.45 am: I will not apply but if I'm made CM, I will not take time to accept it, says Jitan Ram Manjhi.
9.30 am: 5.83% voter turnout recorded till 8 am, highest in Gaya with 7.89%.
9.15 am: Voter turnout at 8 am: Kaimur- 4.71%, Rohtas- 6.73%, Arwal- 4.49%, Jehanabad- 3.44%, Aurangabad- 3.53%, Gaya- 7.89%
9.00 am: Cane bomb found near Rafiganj (Aurangabad, Bihar) poll booth number 144. Voting has not yet started there.
8.55 am: No electricity at auditorium poll booth in Sasaram town, locals complain to booth level officers.
8.50 am: Polling interrupted by tech snag in EVM machine in Sasaram polling booth 135, Bikramganj polling booth 64 and Dinara polling booth 99 & 112.
8.45 am: No voter present in 12 polling booths in Sasaram.
8.30 am: RSLP MP Arun Kumar casts his vote in Jehanabad.
8.15 am: A total of 883 companies of Central Para Military forces and state police has been deployed to ensure peaceful voting.
8.00 am: Polling for second phase of Bihar polls underway in Nokha.
7.45 am: Polling begins in Polling Booth 247, Jehanabad, Bihar.
7.43 am: PM Narendra Modi appeals voters to cast their votes in the second phase of polls.
आज बिहार विधानसभा चुनाव के दूसरे चरण के मतदान में सभी मतदाताओं से निवेदन- अपना मतदान अवश्य करें ।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 16, 2015
7.30 am: Polling has not started at polling booth 247, Jehanabad, due to a technical snag with EVM machines.
Polling not started in Polling Booth 247, Jehanabad (Bihar) due to a technical snag with EVM machines. pic.twitter.com/GjXG3dOpgX— ANI (@ANI_news) October 16, 2015
7.15 am: Tight security outside polling stations for the second phase in Aurangabad.
7.00 am: People standing outside polling stations in Kaimur district to cast their votes, as security and preparations are in place for second phase of Bihar assembly polls.