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Highlights: First phase of Jharkhand polls ends. 63% polling reported till 3 pm

Jharkhand assembly election voting 2019 Live: Voting across 13 seats in the first phase began at 7am and will end at 3pm.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 30, 2019 18:31 IST
Highlights: First phase of Jharkhand polls ends. 63% polling reported till 3 pm
Congress' Daltonganj candidate KN Tripathi seen with a pistol during voting for first phase of assembly election in Jharkhand, Nov 30, 2019

Voting in 13 constituencies across six districts in the first phase of Jharkhand assembly election is being held on Saturday.

Over 3.7 million electorate are voting to elect their representatives from among 189 candidates including 15 women. Prominent candidates in the fray are BJP nominee and Jharkhand health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi and Jharkhand PCC president and ex-IPS officer Rameshwar Oraon. Oraon is taking on ex-PCC chief and sitting legislator Sukhdeo Bhagat, after the latter joined the BJP recently.

Seats for which polling is taking place are Chatra, Gumla, Bishunpur, Lohardaga, Manika, Latehar, Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur, Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur.

In all, 3,906 polling stations have been set up out of which 989 have webcasting facilities, an Election Commission release said. Polling personnel, deputed in remote areas, have been airlifted, EC officials said. A total of 1,097 booths have been declared hyper LWE sensitive, while 461 polling stations are LWE sensitive.

Here are the updates:

04:04 PM IST

First phase of Jharkhand polls ends. 63% polling reported till 3 pm

First phase of Jharkhand polls ends. 63% polling reported till 3 pm

01:49 PM IST

Polling percentage at 46.83% till 1pm

Polling percentage recorded at 46.83% in the first phase of Jharkhand Assembly Polls till 1 pm.

01:32 PM IST

47% voting recorded in first six hours

In the first phase of assembly election in Jharkhand, 46.83% voters turnout was recorded in first six hours of voting in 13 assembly seats.

In first four hours of voting, 46.83% voters’ turnout was recorded in Latehar, Palamu, Garhwa, Chatra, Lohardaga and Gumla districts.

01:26 PM IST

Voters line up to cast vote in Chatra district

Queues of voters seen outside a polling booth in Maoist violence-affected area of Kanhachatti in Chatra district.

01:24 PM IST

Congress candidate seen flashing pistol after 'clash' with BJP workers in Palamu

In the incident at Koshiyara polling booth in Daltonganj assembly constituency, trouble started when the Congress candidate KN Tripathi reached the booth number 72 and 73 at Upgraded Middle School at Koshiyara in Chainpur. At that time, supporters of BJP candidate KN Chaurasia allegedly prevented him from entering booth, surrounded him from all sides and started abusing his supporters. Later, Tripathi was seen displaying a pistol in his defence in a bid to escape mob’s fury in videos that were widely shared.


<p>Congress candidate seen flashing pistol after 'clash' with BJP workers in Palamu</p>
Congress' Daltonganj candidate KN Tripathi seen with a pistol, Nov 30, 2019.
11:52 AM IST

Clash between two groups near a polling station in Daltonganj

Palamau Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer Shantanu Agrahari said a minor clash broke out between two groups near a polling station at Kosiyara in Daltonganj assembly constituency during the first phase of voting on Saturday, reports PTI.

The agitators broke the window panes of a police vehicle after a candidate allegedly tried to enter the polling booth, he said, adding, the situation was quickly brought under control.

11:50 AM IST

27.4% voting till 11 am

The percentage of voting in the first phase of Jharkhand election till 11 am was 27.41% : Election Commssion

11:13 AM IST

PM Modi urge voters to 'enrich festival of democracy'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted on Jharkhand election. "Phase 1 of the Jharkhand elections is in progress. I urge those whose constituencies go to the polls today to vote in large numbers & enrich the festival of democracy," the PM said.

11:11 AM IST

JMM, Congress and RJD contesting as alliance

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Congress and the RJD are contesting the assembly election as an alliance. In this phase, the JMM has fielded candidates in four, the Congress in six and the RJD in three constituencies.

11:07 AM IST

BJP contesting in 12 seats, supporting one Independent candidate

The BJP is contesting in 12 seats in the first phase, while it is supporting Independent Vinod Singh from Hussainabad.

10:02 AM IST

Women voters line up at a polling booth in Manika assembly constituency

Long queues of women voters seen at a polling station at Garu in Manika assembly constituency. Garu is one of most Maoists-affected areas.

<p>Women voters line up at a polling booth in Manika assembly constituency</p>
Women voters outside a polling booth in Garu in Manika assembly seat during the first phase of assembly election in Jharkhand, Nov 30, 2019
09:51 AM IST

Voting starts late in 2 booths in Latehar due to technical snag in EVM

Long queues of voters were seen at most of the polling stations in both urban and rural areas since early morning. Within first two hours, two seats in Latehar registered voters’ turnout of 13.25 per cent.

At Ambawtikar and Ashram school booths in Latehar assembly seat, voting started late after the EVM developed technical snag.

In Palamu, it was 10.00 % while Chatra reported voters’ turnout of 11.56 % om first two hours.

09:43 AM IST

11.2% voting reported till 9 am

According to the Election Commission, 11.2% votes had been cast till 9 am in 13 assembly seats during the first phase of election in Jharkhand.

09:26 AM IST

Maoists blow up bridge in Gumla's Bishnupur: ANI

Maoists have blown up a bridge in Bishnupur in Gumla district, reports news agency ANI. No injuries have been reported. Deputy Commissioner Shashi Ranjan says voting not affected.

09:07 AM IST

State health minister, Cong state unit chief among prominent candidates in 1st phase

Prominent candidates in the first phase are BJP nominee and Jharkhand Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi and Jharkhand PCC president and ex-IPS officer Rameshwar Oraon. Oraon is taking on ex-PCC chief Sukhdeo Bhagat after the latter joined the BJP recently.

Former BJP chief whip Radhakrishna Kishore, who was denied ticket from Chhatarpur, is contesting on AJSU party ticket from the same seat.

First published: Nov 30, 2019 06:15 IST