Voting began for the election to seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar under the second phase amidst tight security.
Many of the seven constituencies of Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Nalanda, Jehanabad, Munger, Ara and Buxar are situated in the Maoist belt.
An electorate of 11,85,07,86 will exercise their franchise in 11,846 polling stations to decide the fate of 117 candidates in the Lok Sabha constituencies.
Prominent among the candidates are actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, former Home Secretary R K Singh, Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter Misa Bharti and her two uncles Ramkripal Yadav and Ranjan Yadav.
A total of 42,600 security personnel have been lined up for the smooth conduct of the poll including 152 companies of central forces and 42 companies of Bihar Military Police.As in the first phase, two helicopters have been kept on standby.
Voting in seven Maoist-hit Assembly segments in Munger, Lakhisarai, Jehanabad and rural Patna would end at 4 pm while in the rest it would be conducted till 6 pm.