Live: Polling ends in Jharkhand, 68.99% voter turnout recorded till 5 PM in final phase
Voting is currently underway in 16 seats to decide the fate of 237 candidates, including 29 women. Former chief minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren is also in the fray along with minister Randhir Singh.
New Delhi: The five-phase assembly election in Jharkhand ended on Friday around 5 pm and a total voter turnout of 68.99% was recorded in the final phase of polling. Voting was held in 16 seats to decide the fate of 237 candidates, including 29 women. Former chief minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren is also in the fray along with minister Randhir Singh. Voting began at 7 am and concluded at 5 pm while at some places. In five seats, polling ended at 3 pm.
The seats which voted in the final leg of election are Rajmahal, Borio (ST), Barhait (ST), Litipara (ST), Pakur, Maheshpur (ST), Sikaripara (ST), Nalla, Jamtara, Dumka (ST), Jama (ST), Jarmundi, Sarath, Poreyahat, Godda and Mahagama across six districts in the Santhal Pargana region of the state.
Over 40,05,200 voters will seal the electoral fate of 237 candidates.
Out of the 81 Assembly constituencies, elections have already been held in 65 seats in the previous four phases, beginning November 30.
The counting is scheduled to take place on December 23.
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An estimated 68.99% voter turnout has been recorded till 5 PM in final phase of polling in Jharkhand.
An estimated 62.77 percent of over 40 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm in the fifth and final phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Jharkhand shared on Twitter.
The seats where polling is underway are Borio (ST), Barhait (ST), Litipara (ST), Maheshpur (ST), Sikaripara (ST), Rajmahal, Pakur, Nalla, Jamtara, Dumka (ST), Jama (ST), Jarmundi, Sarath, Poreyahat, Godda and Mahagama.
Voting ended in five constituencies at 3 pm while it will conclude at 5 pm in the remaining seats, according to the election commission officials.
#Assemblyelections2019 के आज 5वें व अंतिम चरण में संथालपरगना के 6 जिलों में अपराह्न 1 बजे तक जिलावार मतदान का प्रतिशत साहेबगंज- 48.40%, पाकुड़-57.21%, दुमका-46.69%, जामताड़ा- 52.61%, देवघर- 51.36%, गोड्डा- 42.06%, राजमहल-47.68%, बोरियो-48.23%, बरहेट-49.72% रहा।
— IPRD Jharkhand (@prdjharkhand) December 20, 2019
29.19% voter turnout recorded till 11 am.
Rajmahal - 29.21%
Boriyo - 28.62%
Barhait - 27.39%
Litipara - 36.08%
Pakur - 35.19%
Maheshpur - 38.40%
Sikaripara - 30.21%
Nalla - 32.05%
Jamtara - 33.07%
Dumka - 25.10%
Poreyahat - 23.22%
Godda - 24.68%
Here is the list of documents that a voter can carry for identity proof:
Check out the 12 identity documents that can be used for voting in the #JharkhandAssemblyElections2019.
— Election Commission of India #SVEEP (@ECISVEEP) December 20, 2019
Peaceful voting underway in Jharkhand in final phase.
12.01% voter turnout recorded till 9 am.
Rajmahal - 11.07%
Boriyo - 10.62%
Barhait - 10.83%
Litipara - 13.10%
Pakur - 14.3%
Sikaripara - 8.59%
Nalla - 12.13%
Jamtara - 9.8%
Dumka - 9.7%
Voting for the fifth phase is taking place amid the presence of heavy security at the polling booths.
The second phase of elections to Jharkhand Legislative Assembly took place in 20 Assembly constituencies on December 7, while the first phase of voting took place on November 30.
The third phase of elections took place in 17 Assembly constituencies covering eight districts on December 12.
Over 62.4 per cent voter turnout was recorded at 15 Assembly constituencies covering four districts that went to polls in the fourth phase of elections in Jharkhand on December 16.
PM Modi urges people to vote in large numbers in the final phase:
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 20, 2019
In 2014, the BJP and the JMM had won six seats each, the Congress three and the JVM one seat.
During the last day of campaign on Wednesday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president JP Nadda and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigned for their party candidates.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed two rallies on December 15 and 17 for the last phase of elections.
Hemant Soren, the Chief Ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan (Congress-JMM-RJD combine), is contesting from Dumka as well as Barhet.
The other high profile candidates in the fray include Raj Paliwar and Randhir Singh, ministers in the Raghubar Das cabinet.
In the last Assembly and the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had dented this JMM stronghold, as the BJP candidate Sunil Soren defeated JMM president Shibu Soren in Dumka in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.