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Bihar sees 45% voting in 3rd phase polls

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | November 13, 2005 18:21 IST

About 45 to 46 per cent of the 11.7 million voters exercised their franchise at 12,786 polling booths in 57 of 243 assembly constituencies on Sunday in the third phase of Bihar assembly elections, which passed off largely peaceful.
Officials in the state election department saidreports received suggest that the voting percentageis more or less similar tothat of the firstand second phase of polls that recorded 46 per cent polling in October.

Unlike polls in the past that were marred by large-scale violence and booth grabbings the voting in 57out of the 243 assembly constituencies spread in 11 districts was mostly trouble free, thanks to the deployment of a large number of central paramilitary forces.

Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure trouble-free polling. Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued against troublemakers.The fate ofstate Rashtriya Janata Dalpresident Abdul Bari Siddiqui from Bahera, his Janata Dal-United counterpart Bijendra Prasad Yadav from Supaul and state Samajwadi Party chief Deonath Yadav from Phulparas were sealed in the voting machines.

Over50 people, including state Bahujan Samaj Partygeneral secretary, its two party candidates anda Samajwadi Party candidate were arrested during the polls. Election Commission Special Adviser K J Rao, who visited several constituencies to personally monitor the pollsordered registration of a first information report against aLok Janshakti Party candidate Aqil AhmadinMahishi constituencyfor going around with his supporters on motorcycles.

B Mukti Bodh, the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate for the Simri Bakhtiarpur seat in Saharsa district, was arrested by the Border Security Force for moving around with supporters in violation of prohibitory orders, sources said.

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