45.77% polling recorded in Bihar till 3 pm

An estimated 45.77 per cent of over 86 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 3 pm on Thursday in five parliamentary constituencies of Bihar, an election official said.

The voting process, which began at 7 am, has largely been peaceful, he said.

Altogether 68 candidates are in the fray from the five seats - Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnea, Banka and Bhagalpur - in the second phase of the elections.

There were reports of EVM glitches and poll boycott from several booths, but the polling personnel have addressed the issues, the official said.

People seeking road connectivity and other basic amenities were seen protesting outside some of the booths, leading to the delay in the poll process, he said.