Ranchi: The first of the five-phase panchayat elections in Jharkhand passed off peacefully Saturday with 47 per cent votes cast.
"There was no untoward incident and voters enthusiastically cast their votes," a senior state election commission official said over phone.
"The percentage was above 47 per cent. We are
expecting the final percentage by 5:30 pm," he said.
A total of 16,201 candidates, including 9378 women,
were in the fray for the first phase for gram panchayat
members, mukhias, panchayat samiti members and members for the
zila parishad, he said.
Jharkhand went for the rural polls for the first time
since its creation on November 15, 2000. There was no election
for 32 years when it was part of undivided Bihar.