More than 50 per cent people voted in the first of the three-phase election in Bihar -- the first amid the coronavirus pandemic -- which will decide if Nitish Kumar will win a fourth term as Chief Minister. Till 5 pm, 52.24 per cent people voted, choosing candidates for 71 of the state's 243 seats. Nitish Kumar's challenger is RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, whose promise of 10 lakh jobs has proved a huge draw in the backdrop of the lockdown and widespread unemployment. The third factor in this election is Chirag Paswan, the son of the late Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, whose rebellion against Nitish Kumar is believed by many to be backed by the BJP. The Election Commission has drawn up elaborate safety rules for voting in the shadow of Covid.