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10 to 12 per cent voters' turnout in Bihar till 10 am

An estimated 10 to 12 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 10 am in Bihar where polling began in 11 parliamentary constituencies in the third phase on Thursday morning.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2009 10:56 IST

An estimated 10 to 12 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 10 am in Bihar where polling began in 11 parliamentary constituencies in the third phase on Thursday morning.

"The polling is reported to be peaceful so far amid tight security arrangements," ADGP (Headquarters) Nelmani said.

According to the state election office here, 10 to 12 per cent voters cast their votes in the constituencies of Supaul, Madhepura, Purnia, Araria, Kishanganj, Khagaria, Begusarai, Bhagalpur, Katihar, Banka and Munger till 10 am.

Long queues of voters were seen at several booths across the constituencies of Madhepura, Munger, Begusarai, Banka and Purnia.

Two bombs were found from booth numbers 95 and 98 in Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency, but they were soon defused, official sources said, adding initially, there were reports of technical defects in EVMs at a few booths in Munger and Purnia which were immediately rectified.

Over 140 companies of central para-military forces apart from Bihar Military Police and District Armed Police have been deployed for ensuring free, fair and peaceful poll.