New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The third and final phase of voting for the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 is being held today. In the third phase, the voting will be held on 78 Assembly constituencies. As many as 1,204 candidates are in the fray in the final phase of Bihar Assembly elections. Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's cousin Niraj Kumar Singh of the BJP, Sharad Yadav's daughter and Congress leader Subhashini Yadav are among the prominent faces in the fray. The voting for the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha by-poll will also be held today. By-election was necessitated after the death of Valmiki Nagar MP Baidyanath Mahato of the JD-U.

Below are the highlights:

6:10 pm: Polling for the third phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 concludes.  

5:45 pm: Kishanganj district recorded the highest 59.99 per cent polling till 5 pm and Katihar recorded 48.4 per cent.

5:30 pm: Bihar saw 55.22 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm in the third and final phase of polling on Saturday on 78 constituencies. The turnout was 45.85 per cent till 3 pm. The electoral fate of 1,204 candidates is being decided in this phase.

5:00 pm: ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) jawans carry elderly voters to a polling booth in Muzaffarpur.

4:30 pm: Locals at the Simaria Panchayat of Triveniganj Assembly constituency, located in Supaul district boycotted polling on Saturday claiming that the road in their area has not been constructed for several years.

4:00 pm: Independent candidate and JD-U rebel Sanjay Jha, in the poll fray from Benipatti segment in Madhubani district, died of coronavirus at AIIMS. 

3:30  pm: 45.85% voter turnout recorded till 3pm in the third and final phase of Bihar assembly elections: Election Commission of India

2:20 pm: Locals make a temporary bridge in Darbanga to help voters reach a polling station. "There was no bridge to cross the water stream. We constructed this bridge for easy movement of people. We wanted maximum people to cast their vote,” says a local

1:30 pm: 34.82 % voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in the ongoing third phase of Bihar Elections 2020.

1:10 pm: Voting underway for the third phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020, visuals from Kishanganj. The fate of 1,204 candidates is being decided by close to 2.34 crore voters for 78 seats.

12:45 pm: A polling station in Begusarai wears a deserted look as locals have decided to boycott elections alleging lack of development in the area; people stage a demonstration against the govt. 

12:30 pm: A polling booth in Saharsa has been decorated by the district administration with Madhubani artwork, for the third and final phase of Bihar Election 2020. "Because of a good decor and colourful setup, voters are coming in large numbers to cast their vote," says Saharsa DM. 

12:15 pm: Locals make a temporary bridge in Muzaffarpur to help voters reach a polling station. "There was no bridge to cross the water stream. We constructed this bridge for easy movement of people. We wanted maximum people to cast their vote,” says a local.

11:55 am: An old man was brought to a polling booth in Katihar on a cot by his family members to help him cast his vote in the third and final phase of #BiharElections2020.

11:50 am: Rahul Gandhi urges the people of Bihar to come out in large numbers and cast their votes.

11:30 am: Saharsa RJD candidate Lovely Anand alleges local administration is trying to disturb the polling. She says voting was supposed to start at 7 am, but it began at 9 am. 

11:00 am: Watch: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says people of Bihar will ensure retirement to Nitish Kumar.

10:05 am: Bihar Minister Suresh Sharma casts his vote in Muzaffarpur's booth number 94. He also appealed to people to come out in large numbers and vote for the development.

09:50 am: 7.69% voter turnout recorded till 9 am in the third phase of Bihar Elections.

07:50 am: People cast their votes in the third phase of #BiharElections; visuals from a polling station in Muzaffarpur.

07:20 am: I request all voters to participate in this festival of democracy in large numbers and set a new voting record. However, it is necessary to wear masks and maintain social distancing: PM Narendra Modi

07:01 am: Voting for the third phase of the Bihar Assembly elections 2020 begins on 78 seats.

06:50 am: The way people are connecting with 'Bihar first, Bihari first', I believe our performance will be good in this phase too. One thing is very clear Nitish Kumar Ji will never become the CM: Chirag Paswan, LJP chief 

06:45 am: People queue up at polling booth number 195 and 196 in Kishanganj for the third and final phase of Bihar Polls.

06:30 am: I appeal to everyone to participate in this festival of democracy & cast their votes. In this election, Bihar will take a decision on its future. Nitish ji is tired & he is unable to handle the state: Tejashwi Yadav

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma