Patna: A record 57 per cent turnout has been reported in the first phase of Assembly elections in Bihar for which polling was held Monday. During the last election in 2010, the figure was 50.85 per cent. The election was held in 49 Assembly constituencies spread over 10 districts of the State during this phase.

Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said, the polling was by and large peaceful including in the Naxal infested 13 constituencies.

Mr Sinha said, an overwhelming response was seen among the female voters who outnumbered the males. He said, the female voter turnout stood at 59.5 per cent against 54.5 per cent for male voters.

Polling for the remaining four phases will be held between the 16th of this month and the 5th of the next month. Counting will be held on 8th November.

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