Jharkhand elections: 45.14% polling recorded till 1 pm

Ranchi: A voter turnout of 45.14 percent was recorded till 1 pm on Thursday in the third of the five-phased Assembly elections in Jharkhand, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

While the highest polling has taken place in the Ichagarh Assembly constituency with 56.01 percent voters casting their votes, the lowest polling has been recorded on the Ranchi seat with just 30.61 percent votes being polled till 3 pm.

The third phase of polling will decide the fate of legislators in 17 seats out of the total 81 Assembly constituencies.

A total of 309 candidates, including 32 women, are contesting from 17 assembly seats. The constituencies, including two reserved for SC candidates and one ST candidate, in which voting is being held are spread over eight districts in the state.

The assembly elections in Jharkhand became a multi-cornered fight with the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) breaking off from BJP to fight the elections on its own and other regional parties such as JVM among others already in the competition.

Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) have entered into a coalition to defeat BJP, which is seeking to return to power under the incumbent Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

The first phase of the election in the state took place on November 30 while the second round was held on December 7.

The fourth phase will be conducted on December 16, and the fifth and last phase on December 20.

The counting of votes will take place on December 23.

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