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Jharkhand Elections : Third phase of voting ends with 62.03 percent voter turnout

The third phase of voting ended in the ongoing five-phased assembly elections of Jharkhand state on Thursday. According to the official information provided by the Election Commission of India, a total of voter turnout of 62.03 percent was recorded till 5 pm.

The highest polling was recorded in the Silli constituency that saw 76.98 percent voter turnout while the lowest polling was observed in Ranchi constituency that saw merely 49.1 percent.  The state is undergoing polls in five phases as the term of the exisiting assembly ends on January 5 next year. Elections will be held across 81 seats. The counting of votes will take place on December 23.

Jharkhand Election Schedule-

  • Phase-1: Polls on 30 November
  • Phase 2: Polls on 7 December
  • Phase 3: Polls on 12 December
  • Phase 4: Polls on 16 December
  • Phase 5: Polls on 20 December

A total of 309 candidates contested in the third phase that also included 32 women. Out of a total of 17 seats, two seats are reserved for SC candidates and one for ST candidates.

Making the elections interesting, All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) broke off from Bhartiya Janta Party and decided to go solo. Giving a tough competition to the saffron party, Congress has entered into a coalition with Rashtriya Janata Dal and Mukti Morcha (JMM).

Previously in the second phase, CM Raghubar Das contested against the independent candidate Saryu Roy in Jamshedpur-East constituency while state assembly speaker and BJP candidate Dinesh Oraon fought against Jharkhand Mukti Morcha candidate Jigga Susaran Horo in Sisai seat.

Earlier,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the opposition parties for the slow-paced development of the Jharkhand state while addressing a rally in Hazaribagh on December 9.

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