Patna: Early trends seem to be going in favour of NDA with BJP and its alliance partners leading in 71 constituencies, while Grand alliance is ahead on 61 seats.
Counting of votes for all the 243 seats in the Bihar Assembly elections began amid tight security at 8 AM in the morning. Votes are locked in 62,780 EVMs with 14,580 officials on duty for the counting process in Patna and other districts, officials said.
The fate of 3450 candidates, including 272 women, will be decided during the day. The five-phase elections started on October 12 and ended on November 5.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for Sunday at 39 centres across Bihar for counting of votes polled in the five-phased assembly elections, officials said yesterday.
State's Additional Chief Electoral Officer R. Lakshmanan said the first result was expected after 11 am. The entire process was likely to be completed by 5 pm. One observer would be posted at each counting centre to oversee the process, he said.
According to the Election Commission, around 60 percent of the over 66.8 million voters exercised their franchise to decide the fate of 3,450 candidates, including 272 women. A record turnout of women voters was witnessed in all five phases.