Polling for seven urban local bodies today passed off peacefully, barring some stray incidents, in Bihar with around 64 per cent voter turnout. The elections were held in seven municipal corporations — Gaya, Munger, Biharsharif, Darbhanga, Ara, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur, 31 nagar parishads (municipal council) and 63 nagar panchayats. “About 64 per cent polling took place till 5 pm. The voting percentage may increase once we receive the final reports from all the districts,” State Election Commissioner A K Chouhan told reporters here.
The fate of 13,027 candidates was now sealed in EVMs, he said.
Polling for Patna Municipal Corporation will be held on June 4 while election for all other nagar parishads and nagar panchayats in Patna district will be held on June 7.
Barsoi Nagar Panchayat in Katihar district would also go to polls on the same day, State Election Commission Secretary Durgesh Nandan told PTI.
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Polling was cancelled at a polling station of Naugachhia Nagar Panchayat in Bhagalpur district after an EVM was damaged here, he said.
The election process was also hampered at a polling station of Saharsa Nagar Parishad for a while where some anti-social elements damaged the EVM. Polling was carried out conducted after replacing the unit, he added. The administration has carried out 769 preventive arrests and seized 319 vehicles, he said.