Jharkhand Election Phase 3 Live Updates: 34% Voter Turnout Till 02 PM :- Polling for the 17 seats in the phase 3 of the Jharkhand assembly election 2019 has started in Jharkhand today on December 12, 2019. The voting has begun at 7 am today morning and will go on till 5 pm in Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Barkatha and Ramgarh while in the rest of the constituencies it will be excersised between 7 am to 3 pm.
Jharkhand Election Phase 3 Live Updates
Earlier on Wednesday, Jharkhand Chief Election Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said that about 40,000 polling personnel have been deputed to conduct smooth and peaceful voting.
He also said that the security forces have also been deployed in the constituencies that will witness voting on December 12 namely, Kodarma, Barkatha, Barhi, Barkagaon, Ramgarh, Mandu, Hazaribag, Simaria (SC), Dhanwar, Gomia, Bermo, Ichagarh, Silli, Khijri (ST), Ranchi, Hatia and Kanke (SC).
He further added that the fate of 309 candidates, including 32 women nominees, will be decided by 56,18,267 electorate which include a total of 26,80,205 women and 86 third gender voters.
Notable candidates in the fray are former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi, Urban Development Minister CP Singh and Education Minister Neera Yadav.
While Marandi, the president of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), is contesting from the Dhanwar seat, Singh and Yadav are fighting from Ranchi and Kodarma constituencies respectively.
Former deputy chief minister and AJSU party president Sudesh Mahto is trying his luck to regain Silli seat after he lost the 2014 assembly polls and the subsequent bypoll to JMM candidates Amit Mahato and his wife Seema Mahato. The JMM has re-nominated Seema Mahato.
The BJP has not fielded any candidate from Silli though the NDA allies are fighting the polls separately, for the first time since the state’s creation. The first-phase polling for thirteen seats and the second-phase for twenty seats had concluded on November 30 and December 7 respectively. The fourth and the fifth phases polling for 15 and 16 seats will be held on December 16 and 20 respectively. Votes will be counted on December 23.
Updates of the same are as stated below:
At 6:30 AM, the preparations going on at a polling booth in St. Anne’s School in Ranchi, a polling booth in Hazaribagh etc.
At 7:00 AM, the voting begins for the third of the five-phase polling in 17 assembly constituencies of Jharkhand today. The voting began at 7 am in all the 17 constituencies, amidst a tight security arrangement.
Reportedly, out of the total 7,016 polling stations set up for the third-phase, 1,008 are marked as critical’ and 543 sensitive’ in Naxal-affected areas. There are 13,504 ballot units, 8,772 controlling units and 9,123 VVPAT in the 17 seats, with double ballot units set up in nine of the constituencies as there are sixteen or more candidates in the fray. A total of 2,014 polling stations have webcasting facilities, 329 model polling stations and 44 polling stations will be conducted by women polling personnel.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges voters in all 17 constituencies that go to polls in Jharkand today to cast their ballot. He tweeted, “The third phase of Jharkhand polls will take place today. Urging all those whose seats go to the polls today to vote in large numbers. I particularly urge my young friends to vote.”
At 8:30 AM, people queue up to cast their votes at a polling station in Bokaro during the third phase of voting for assembly elections.
At 9:00 AM, former Union Minister and BJP MP Jayant Sinha casts his vote in Hazaribagh as polling is underway in the third phase of Jharkhand Assembly election.
At 9:50 AM, reports revealed that booth no- 114 in Dhanwar assembly seat is going without electricity. Former CM Babulal Marandi will cast his vote at the same booth. Similarly, in booth no- 384 of the Simaria assembly seat, there is no provision for electricity. Polling has been kept going using candle and torch for light.
Meanwhile, the voting percentage in Jharkhand Assembly election phase 3 till 9 am is 12.89 percent.The Silli assembly witnessed highest polling with 16.35 percent and Dhanwar remained lowest with 7.57 percent.
At 10:00 AM, Samri Devi who is 110 years old files her vote at Booth No- 428 in Hazaribag.
At 11:55 AM, The voter turnout to the 17 constituencies in Jharkhand recorded till 11 am was 29.44%. The voter turnout in different constituencies are as follows:
Meanwhile, Former union minister Yashwant Sinha said that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will not have any impact in the regional polls as people in the state will vote on regional issues.