The Election Commission said that 53 per cent polling recorded in the second phase of polling in the state.
To pick a new 243-seat house, around half of the 9.8 million eligible to vote on Sunday exercised their franchise by the time balloting ended at 5 pm, election officials said.
Long queues of men and women formed outside most polling stations in the districts of Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Motihari, Sheohar and Sitamarhi which saw balloting on Sunday.
The voting began at 7 am amid tight security and 'passed off peacefully. It is a big relief,' Bihar police chief Neelmani said.
Image: Women voters stand in a queue to cast their ballots during the second phase of Bihar assembly polls outside a polling station in Motihari on Sunday, October 24, 2010. (Photographs copyright PTI)Special: Bihar polls