Photos: Amid pandemic, Bihar assembly election kicks-off today

Amid high security, 71 assembly constituencies across 16 districts went to the polls in the first phase of Bihar’s assembly elections on October 28. This is the first election held in India amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Bihar is witnessing a triangular contest with the ruling JDU-BJP alliance and grand alliance (RJD, Congress and others) and Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). Polling for the second phase will take place on November 3 and the third phase on November 7. Results will be declared on November 10.

Updated On Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST
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A security personnel carries Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) on the eve of Bihar Assembly elections, at Bharatpura near Patna on October 27. People from 71 assembly constituencies across 16 districts voted today during the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST

A security personnel carries Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) on the eve of Bihar Assembly elections, at Bharatpura near Patna on October 27. People from 71 assembly constituencies across 16 districts voted today during the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)

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A worker marks out circles for social distancing on the eve of the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections in Paligung constituency on October 27. Voting began at 7 am today and continued until 4 pm in some constituencies and till 6 pm in others-- so that Covid-19 patients can vote in the last hour of the day. This is the first election that is being held amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST

A worker marks out circles for social distancing on the eve of the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections in Paligung constituency on October 27. Voting began at 7 am today and continued until 4 pm in some constituencies and till 6 pm in others-- so that Covid-19 patients can vote in the last hour of the day. This is the first election that is being held amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)

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Security personnel seen with EVMs on the eve of the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections at Bharatpura near Patna on October 27. Election commission officials said around 1,200 companies of troops were deployed for security and have notified strict guidelines for distancing, mask-wearing and temperature checks, and procured thousands of personal protective equipment (PPE) and Covid gear, HT reported. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST

Security personnel seen with EVMs on the eve of the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections at Bharatpura near Patna on October 27. Election commission officials said around 1,200 companies of troops were deployed for security and have notified strict guidelines for distancing, mask-wearing and temperature checks, and procured thousands of personal protective equipment (PPE) and Covid gear, HT reported. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)

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Women queue to cast their votes during the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections in Masaurhi on October 28. According to the Election Commission of India, voter turnout was recorded at 52.24 per cent till 5 pm. Lakhisarai and Nawada districts recorded the highest voter turnout at 26.28 per cent and 23.87 per cent respectively until 11 am. (Prakash Singh / AFP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST

Women queue to cast their votes during the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections in Masaurhi on October 28. According to the Election Commission of India, voter turnout was recorded at 52.24 per cent till 5 pm. Lakhisarai and Nawada districts recorded the highest voter turnout at 26.28 per cent and 23.87 per cent respectively until 11 am. (Prakash Singh / AFP)

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A man undergoes thermal screening before casting his vote at a polling station in Patna on October 28. In the early hours, the turnout was comparatively low till 11am. Patna with 5.96 per cent along with Bhagalpur with 6.84 per cent has recorded the lowest voter turnout. (Sachin Kumar / AFP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST

A man undergoes thermal screening before casting his vote at a polling station in Patna on October 28. In the early hours, the turnout was comparatively low till 11am. Patna with 5.96 per cent along with Bhagalpur with 6.84 per cent has recorded the lowest voter turnout. (Sachin Kumar / AFP)

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A woman casts her ballot for Bihar Assembly elections at a polling station in Patna on October 28. Bihar is witnessing a triangular contest with the ruling JDU-BJP alliance and grand alliance (RJD, Congress, CPI-ML, CPI, CPIM and others) and Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which is eying the role of a kingmaker in case of a hung Assembly. (Prakash Singh / AFP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST

A woman casts her ballot for Bihar Assembly elections at a polling station in Patna on October 28. Bihar is witnessing a triangular contest with the ruling JDU-BJP alliance and grand alliance (RJD, Congress, CPI-ML, CPI, CPIM and others) and Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which is eying the role of a kingmaker in case of a hung Assembly. (Prakash Singh / AFP)

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Voters, adhering to social distancing norms, stand in a queue to cast their votes for the Bihar Assembly elections at Alipur block in Kaimur district on October 28. In the first phase of polling, roughly 24.5 million voters will decide the fate of 1,066 candidates--including eight sitting ministers, HT reported. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST

Voters, adhering to social distancing norms, stand in a queue to cast their votes for the Bihar Assembly elections at Alipur block in Kaimur district on October 28. In the first phase of polling, roughly 24.5 million voters will decide the fate of 1,066 candidates--including eight sitting ministers, HT reported. (PTI)

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Security personnel stand guard next to EVMs on the eve of the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections in Bharatpura near Patna on October 27. Polling for the second phase will take place on November 3 and the third phase on November 7. The counting of votes will be done on November 10. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST

Security personnel stand guard next to EVMs on the eve of the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections in Bharatpura near Patna on October 27. Polling for the second phase will take place on November 3 and the third phase on November 7. The counting of votes will be done on November 10. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)

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