Amid tight security, the third phase of Jharkhand polls saw 62 per cent voter turnout Thursday in which 17 assembly seats of the state went to polls. Follow Poll Highlights
62.60 per cent of 56,18,267 voters exercised their franchise in the 17 seats across eight districts, officials were quoted as saying by PTI.
According to police, the polling began at 7 am and passed off peacefully. While polling at Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Barkatha and Ramgarh seats ended at 5 pm, voting in rest of the constituencies ended at 3 pm, Election Commission officials said.
26,80,205 women and 86 third gender persons were among those who voted today to decide the fate of 309 candidates, including 32 women nominees.
The five-phase assembly elections to the 81-member House began on November 30 and will end on December 20. Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said about 40,000 polling personnel conducted the election.
1,008 polling stations were identified as ‘critical’ and 543 ‘sensitive’ in Naxal-affected areas. A total of 7,016 polling stations were set up for the third phase. 1,119 polling stations were ‘critical’ and 2,672 polling stations were ‘sensitive’ in other areas.
There were 13,504 ballot units, 8,772 controlling units and 9,123 used, with double ballot units set up in nine constituencies where there were sixteen or more candidates in the fray. A total of 2,014 polling stations had webcasting facilities.
329 model polling stations were set up in the state, while women personnel conducted voting at 44 booths, officials said.
The seats where polling was held are Koderma, Barkatha, Barhi, Barkagaon, Ramgarh, Mandu, Hazaribag, Simaria (SC), Dhanwar, Gomia, Bermo, Ichagarh, Silli, Khijri (ST), Ranchi, Hatia and Kanke (SC).
Among those in the fray are former chief minister Babulal Marandi, Urban Development Minister C P Singh and Education Minister Neera Yadav. While Marandi, the president of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), contested from Dhanwar seat, Singh and Yadav fought from Ranchi and Koderma constituencies, respectively.
Former deputy chief minister and AJSU Party president Sudesh Mahto tried his luck to regain Silli seat after he had lost the 2014 assembly polls and the subsequent bypoll to JMM candidates Amit Mahato and his wife Seema Mahato, respectively. The JMM had re-nominated Seema Mahato from the seat.
The first-phase polling for 13 seats and the second-phase for 20 seats took place on November 30 and December 7, respectively. Fourth-phase polling for 15 seats is scheduled on December 16 and the last phase for 16 seats will be held on December 20. The counting of votes will be taken place on December 23.