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Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: Polling Begins For First Phase

Polling began for the first phase of Bihar assembly elections on Wednesday. Polling began in 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar in the first phase of three-phase elections amid tight security and COVID-19 guidelines in place on Wednesday.

October 28, 2020

Security personnel and polling officers carrying Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to deposit at A.N. College after the first phase of Bihar assembly polls, in Patna.

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Voters stand in a queue at a polling station to cast their votes during the first phase Bihar assembly polls, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at Ara constituency in Bhojpur district.

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BJP candidate from Gaya Prem Kumar (C), wearing a mask with his party symbol, shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote in the first phase of Bihar assembly polls, in Gaya.

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People get a picture clicked at a photo-booth during the first phase of Bihar assembly polls, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Gaya.

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HAM(S) President Jitan Ram Manjhi shows his finger marked with indelible ink at a polling station after casting his vote for the first phase Bihar Assembly polls, at Atri in Gaya district.

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A voter gives her thumb impression at a polling booth before casting her vote for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Chenari police station in Rohtas district.

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Polling officials check the names of voters at a polling booth as they arrive to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Chenari police station in Rohtas district.

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Voters show their identity cards at a polling booth after casting their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Shiv Sagar police station in Sasaram district.

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Voters stand in queues to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Gurua in Gaya district.

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A security official keeps a vigil as voters stand in queues to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Mokama in Patna.

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A polling official marks the finger of a voter with indelible ink before she casts her vote for the first phase Bihar Assembly Elections, at Paliganj in Patna.

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An Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) official escorts a man with physical disability inside a polling booth as he arrives to cast his vote for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, in Nawada District.

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A voter shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting her vote for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Bhabhua police station in Kaimur district.

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A man displays the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. With an overall declining coronavirus positive trend, Indian authorities decided to hold the first state legislature election since the outbreak of COVID-19. People began voting Wednesday in the country’s third largest state Bihar with of a population of about 122 million people.

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Voters show their fingers marked with indelible ink at a polling station after casting their votes for the first phase Bihar Assembly Elections, at Naubatpur in Patna

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A young man carrying his father leaves after they cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Paliganj constituency in Patna.

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A security official keeps a vigil as voters stand in queues at a polling station to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, at Masaurhi in Patna

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Voters, adhering to social distancing norms, stand in a queue to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Alipur block in Kaimur district.

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Voters stand in queues maintaining social distance at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. India’s overall total of cases for the coronavirus pandemic is nearing 8 million, trailing only the United States, which has over 8.7 million.

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A woman wearing a face mask as a protective measure against the coronavirus helps voters sanitize their hands at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. With an overall declining coronavirus positive trend, Indian authorities decided to hold the first state legislature election since the outbreak of COVID-19. People began voting Wednesday in the country’s third largest state Bihar with of a population of about 122 million people.

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A woman explains the working of an electronic voting machine (EVM) to a voter at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. With an overall declining coronavirus positive trend, Indian authorities decided to hold the first state legislature election since the outbreak of COVID-19. People began voting Wednesday in the country’s third largest state Bihar with of a population of about 122 million people.

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A security officer wearing a face shield as a protective measure against the coronavirus helps an elderly voter exit a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. With an overall declining coronavirus positive trend, Indian authorities decided to hold the first state legislature election since the outbreak of COVID-19. People began voting Wednesday in the country’s third largest state Bihar with of a population of about 122 million people.

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A security officer wearing a face shield as a protective measure against the coronavirus stands guard as voters stand in a queue at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. With an overall declining coronavirus positive trend, Indian authorities decided to hold the first state legislature election since the outbreak of COVID-19. People began voting Wednesday in the country’s third largest state Bihar with of a population of about 122 million people.

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Voters show their identity cards as they stand in a queue to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Alipur block in Kaimur district.

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Minister of Agriculture Prem Kumar on his way to reach a polling station and cast his vote for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, in Gaya district.

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Voters undergo thermal screening as they stand in a queue outside a polling station to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Naubatpur in Patna.

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A voter gives his thumb impression at a polling booth before casting his vote for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Chenari police station in Rohtas district.

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An election officer wearing a face shield as a protective measure against the coronavirus applies indelible ink on the finger of an elderly voter at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. With an overall declining coronavirus positive trend, Indian authorities decided to hold the first state legislature election since the outbreak of COVID-19. People began voting Wednesday in the country’s third largest state Bihar with of a population of about 122 million people.

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An election officer checks the temperature of a voter before allowing voters to pass at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. With an overall declining coronavirus positive trend, Indian authorities decided to hold the first state legislature election since the outbreak of COVID-19. People began voting Wednesday in the country’s third largest state Bihar with of a population of about 122 million people.

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Voters stand in queues to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Imamganj in Gaya district.

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Polling officials mark the fingers of voters with indelible ink at a polling station before they cast their votes for the first phase Bihar Assembly Elections, at Naubatpur in Patna.

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A voter undergoes thermal screening at a polling station before casting her vote for the first phase Bihar Assembly Elections, at Naubatpur in Patna.

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Voters show their identity cards as they stand in a queue outside a polling station to cast their votes for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Naubatpur in Patna

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Voters show their identity cards as they stand in queues at a polling station to cast their votes for the first phase Bihar Assembly Elections, at Paliganj in Patna.

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