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Monday , April 28 , 2014
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Vote replay in 30 booths

Repolling in 30 polling booths spread out in three parliamentary constituencies Katihar, Banka and Supaul was conducted peacefully on Sunday.

The Katihar parliamentary seat saw re-polling in the maximum number of booths — 22. The repolling was conducted between 7am and 3pm. The average turnout was 57.3 per cent.

The Katihar, Banka and Supaul constituencies went to the poll on April 24. Election office sources said the re-polling was conducted following recommendations of the local returning officials.

“Compared to the huge electorate who exercised their franchise on April 24, re-polling in 30 booths is nothing,” said an official.

Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer (1989 batch)) Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy would be the special observer for Maharajganj and Saran parliamentary seats, which would go to the polls on May 7. The Maharajganj parliamentary seat was declared sensitive after sitting RJD MP P.N. Singh allegedly threatened the district magistrate, Kunal Kumar.

The electoral office also released the details of the fourth round of polls in Madhubani, Jhanjharpur, Madhepura, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Begusarai and Khagaria on April 30. Over 1.12 crore people would exercise their franchise that day in 10,521 polling booths. The fate of 94 candidates would be locked in EVMs on April 30.

The Sahebpur Kamal Assembly seat would also go to polls the same day.

Women voters

Women voters outnumbered their male counterparts in six of the seven Lok Sabha seats for which elections were conducted on April 24. According to the statistics released by the Bihar election office, men turned up more only in the Bhagalpur parliamentary seat

In the Supaul Lok Sabha seat, the females outnumbered their male counterparts by over 10 per cent.

In Katihar and Araria parliamentary seats, the difference was more than 6 per cent in favour of women. In Banka, Kishanganj and Purnea, female voters outnumbered their male counterparts by more than five per cent.

The increased voting by women is being interpreted to their advantage by the BJP, RJD and the JD(U). In the 2010 Assembly elections, it was widely believed that the increase in women votes worked largely to the advantage of Nitish Kumar. “But this time, they have come out to vote against him,” said an RJD leader.