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13.73 per cent voting recorded in first 3 hours in Bihar

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

An estimated 13.73 per cent voting was recorded in the first three hours of polling that began amid tight security in four seats in in the first leg of the seven-phased election.

Few incidents of EVM malfunctioning were reported in some booths under Nawada constituency, and a cane bomb was found at a polling station in district before voting began at 7 am.

Polling is underway in the four seats of Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui.

"Polling has, so far, been peaceful in the constituencies," Pravin Kumar Gupta told

Before the start of polling, one cane bomb was found at polling station number 9 at Anarban Sulaiya village under Dumariya assembly constituency of Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat.

Voting is currently on at the polling station as the cane bomb has been defused by the bomb squad, City of Police Sushil Kumar said.

Polling will end at 6 pm in most of the booths. In some "sensitive" booths, however, voting will end at 4 pm.

Assembly bypoll for Nawada is also being held along with the Lok Sabha poll on Thursday. A voter turn out of nine per cent has been recorded there till 10 am, the office said.

will witness a seven-phase polling for its 40 Lok Sabha seat.

The elections which began on April 11 will end on May 19 when the seventh and last phase will be held.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 10:50 IST