Patna: Voters on Thursday braved extremely hot weather to cast their votes in Bihar municipal elections for 106 municipalities. Despite 43 degree Celsius temperature, 61 percent voter turnout was recorded. A Highest of 72 percent turnout was recorded in Purnea whereas Patna witnessed the lowest turnout of mere 46.5 percent.

However, sporadic incidences of violence were also reported from several places of the state. According to initial estimates, nearly 62.1 percent men and 59.81 percent women exercised their franchise in civic elections to decide the fate of 11168 candidates. Counting of votes is due to take place on May 19.    

According to the state Election Commissioner HC Sirohi, the voter turnout is expected to rise upto 65 percent as the 61 percent is initial estimation. About 886 people including 7 candidates were arrested for allegedly trying to tamper to voting process. Presiding officer of Nalanda was also arrested for allegedly trying to promote poll rigging.  

(JPN/Bureau)

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