Bihar Assembly Election 2020: The state went to first of the three-phased polls to elect the next government on Wednesday. The voter turnout in the first phase of Bihar assembly election was 54 per cent, with Election Commission saying it may rise further. In the 2015 assembly polls, the turnout in the first phase was 54.94 per cent, the Election Commission said. The second and third phase will be held on November 3 (94 constituencies) and November 7 (78 constituencies). The counting of votes will take place on November 10. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the Election Commission was “discouraged” from holding the Bihar assembly polls amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the poll panel was of the view that carrying out the electoral exercise was a “leap of faith and not a leap in the dark”.