December 10, 2014 1:18:51 am
Parts of eight districts voted during the third phase of assembly elections in Jharkhand on Tuesday, with 17 constituencies going to polls. Though this phase had the lowest polling percentage of the three phases completed, there was cause for cheer: Ranchi turned up to vote.
Except a brief encounter between Maoists and security forces in former chief minister Babulal Marandi’s constituency Dhanwar early in the day where no one was injured, there were no major incidents. Chaibasa, where two prisoners were killed allegedly trying to escape, had voted in Phase 2.
The overall turnout was 61.35 per cent at 5 pm, up to when urban constituencies voted. In the 2009 assembly polls, these 17 constituencies had recorded a turnout of 54.85 per cent. However, in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, the turnout was 62.69 per cent.
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