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Jharkhand Election 2019 Voting Updates: Polling for Phase 1 shuts; barring sporadic incidents of violence, polling largely peaceful in Naxalism-hit state

Jharkhand Election 2019 Voting LIVE Updates: Around 46.83 per cent votes were cast till 2 pm on Saturday in the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections in 13 constituencies, amid sporadic incidents of violence in some districts, officials said. The voting commenced at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, Election Commission (EC) officials said. A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase across six districts.

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Jharkhand Election 2019 Voting Updates: Polling for Phase 1 shuts; barring sporadic incidents of violence, polling largely peaceful in Naxalism-hit state

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9 out of 13 Assembly seats don't vote for same party in consecutive polls 

Of the 13 constituencies, which are up for grabs in the first phase of the Jharkhand assembly election, nine have never elected the same party in two consecutive assembly polls since the formation of the state in 2000, reports News18. 

Among the seats going to polls today are: Bhawanthpur, Bishunpur, Bishrampur, Chatra, Daltonganj, Garhwa, Hussainbad, Latehar, and Panki have never returned a candidate from the same party in two back-to-back elections. In other words, voters in these constituencies have changed their representative party every five years. Only Chhatarpur, Gumla, Lohardaga, and Manika buck this trend.

07:52 (ist)

IAF chopper drops polling personnel in Chhattisgarh

An Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper “mistakenly” dropped a team of polling personnel from Jharkhand on duty for the first phase of assembly elections on 30 November in the neighbouring state Chhattisgarh on Thursday, reports Hindustan Times. 

Members of eight polling parties had taken off from a helipad at the district headquarters in Latehar for Chatakapur in Mahuadand in Jharkhand’s Latehar district but they found themselves dropped at Sattipara field in Pratappur Bhainsamunda area of Surajpur district in Chhattisgarh.

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Nov 30, 2019 - 15:19 (IST)

Voting largely peaceful Phase 1 barring few incidents

Around 46.83 percent votes were cast till 2 pm on Saturday in the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections in 13 constituencies, amid sporadic incidents of violence in some districts, officials said.

The voting commenced at 7 am and ended at 3 pm, Election Commission (EC) officials said. A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase across six districts.

Additional Director General of Police Murari Lal Meena said Naxalites exploded a bomb near a culvert in the forests of Gumla district, but there was no casualty or damage. "The explosion occurred near the culvert in the forests between Banalat and Biranpur villages under Bishunpur assembly constituency of the district," Meena said.

He, however, said "peaceful" polling is underway in all the 13 constituencies. Palamau Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer​ Shantanu Agrahari said a minor clash broke out between two groups near Kosiyara polling station in Daltonganj assembly constituency.

The agitators broke the window panes of a police vehicle after Congress candidate K N Tripathi allegedly tried to enter the polling booth with arms, he said,  adding, the situation was quickly brought under control. Police has seized a pistol and three cartridges, which were allegedly in Tripathi's possession, Agrahari said.

Nov 30, 2019 - 15:03 (IST)

Voting percentage LATEST Updates

Voter turn out at 2 pm

The overall voter turnout in Jharkhand was 46.83 percent till 2 pm. The election commission released the voter turnout data for each district, according to which, Bhawanathpur had the best start with over 53 percent turnout till 1 pm. Meanwhile, Bishunpur showed the least voter turnout with 41.39 percent amid all 13 seats in Phase 1 of Jharkhand Assembly elections.

Assembly Constituency Name Voter turn out
Chatra 46.21%
Gumla 41.90%
Bishunpur 41.39%
Lohardaga 48.72%
Manika 45.17%
Latehar 52.14%
Panki 45.20%
Daltonganj 45.40%
Bishrampur 45.80%
Chattarpur 47.40%
Hussainabad 46.80%
Garhwa 46%
Bhawanathpur 53%​

Nov 30, 2019 - 15:00 (IST)

Voting shuts at 3 pm 

Nov 30, 2019 - 14:43 (IST)

Counting to take place on 23 December

The rest of the four phases for the 81-member assembly will be held on 7, 12, 16 and 20 December. Counting for all five phases is scheduled on 23 December.

A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase across six  districts.

Nov 30, 2019 - 14:33 (IST)

Polling ends in half an hour

Palamau Divisional Commissioner Manoj Kumar Jha said the timing of voting has been fixed between 7 am and 3 pm as several polling stations are in remote areas, and also due to the shorter days in winter.

Nov 30, 2019 - 14:14 (IST)

Lohardaga Assembly constituency Voting LIVE updates

In Photos: People cast their votes at a polling booth in Lohardaga

Nov 30, 2019 - 14:01 (IST)

Voting percentage LATEST Updates

Voter turnout at 1 pm

The overall voter turnout in Jharkhand was 46.83 percent till 1 pm. The election commission released the voter turnout data for each district, according to which, Bhawanathpur had the best start with over 53 percent turnout till 1 pm. Meanwhile, Bishunpur showed the least voter turnout amid all 13 seats in the Phase 1 of Jharkhand Assembly elections.

Assembly Constituency Name Voter turn out
Chatra 46.21%
Gumla 41.90%
Bishunpur 41.39%
Lohardaga 48.72%
Manika 45.17%
Latehar 52.14%
Panki 45.20%
Daltonganj 45.40%
Bishrampur 45.80%
Chattarpur 47.40%
Hussainabad 46.80%
Garhwa 46%
Bhawanathpur 53%​

Nov 30, 2019 - 13:44 (IST)

Voting percentage LATEST Updates

Voter turnout at 46.83% till 1 pm

The overall voter turnout in Jharkhand was recorded at 46.83% till 1 pm, reports ANI. In the first phase of assembly poll, voting is being held on 13 seats out of 81 in the state.

Nov 30, 2019 - 13:42 (IST)

Daltonganj Assembly constituency Voting LIVE updates

Congress candidate brandishes gun during clash with BJP supporters

Amid polling for the first phase in Jharkhand, clashes between BJP and Congress supporters have been reported from Kosiyara village of Chainpur. Congress candidate KN Tripathi accused BJP candidate Alok Chaurasia and his supporters of looting the booths.

As per the reports, Congress candidate KN Tripathi from Daltonganj is seen with a revolver. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has taken cognizance of the incident and sought a report in this regard from the district administration.

Tripathi was allegedly stopped by BJP candidate's supporters from going to polling booths, in Kosiyara village of Palamu.

Nov 30, 2019 - 13:17 (IST)

Voting percentage LATEST Updates

Voter turn out at 12 pm

An estimated 27.41 percent polling was recorded till 12 pm on Saturday in the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections in 13 constituencies. Gumla tops chart again with over 30.46 percent turnout till 12 pm. Meanwhile, Lohardaga continues to have the least voter turnout with 21.27 percent amid all 13 seats in Phase 1 of Jharkhand Assembly elections.

Assembly Constituency Name Voter turn out
Chatra 29.32%
Gumla 30.46%
Bishunpur 29.51%
Lohardaga 21.27%
Manika 22.17%
Latehar 27.00%
Panki 26.50%
Daltonganj 27.90%
Bishrampur 27.20%
Chattarpur 28.20%
Hussainabad 26.60%
Garhwa 27%
Bhawanathpur 30%

Jharkhand Election 2019 Voting LATEST Updates: Around 46.83 per cent votes were cast till 2 pm on Saturday in the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections in 13 constituencies, amid sporadic incidents of violence in some districts, officials said. The voting commenced at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, Election Commission (EC) officials said. A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase across six districts.

The overall voter turnout in Jharkhand was 48.83 percent till 1 pm. The election commission released the voter turnout data for each district, according to which, Bhawanathpur had the best start with over 53 percent turnout till 1 pm. Meanwhile, Bishunpur showed the least voter turnout amid all 13 seats in Phase 1 of Jharkhand Assembly elections. The voting commenced at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, Election Commission (EC) officials said.

Amid polling for the first phase in Jharkhand, clashes between BJP and Congress supporters have been reported from Kosiyara village of Chainpur. Congress candidate KN Tripathi accused BJP candidate Alok Chaurasia and his supporters of looting the booths. As per the reports, Congress candidate KN Tripathi from Daltonganj is seen with a revolver. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has taken cognizance of the incident and sought a report in this regard from the district administration.

Tripathi was allegedly stopped by BJP candidate's supporters from going to polling booths, in Kosiyara village of Palamu

An estimated 27.41 percent polling was recorded till 12 pm on Saturday in the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections in 13 constituencies. Gumla tops chart again with over 30.46 percent turnout till 12 pm. Meanwhile, Lohardaga continues to have the least voter turnout with 21.27 percent amid all 13 seats in Phase 1 of Jharkhand Assembly elections.

An estimated 27.41 percent polling was recorded till 11 am on Saturday in the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections in 13 constituencies. Gumla tops chart with over 30.46 percent turnout till 11 am. Meanwhile, Lohardaga showed the least voter turnout with 21.27 percent amid all 13 seats in Phase 1 of Jharkhand Assembly elections.

The voting commenced at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, Election Commission (EC) officials said. Additional Director General of Police Murari Lal Meena said peaceful polling is underway in all the 13 constituencies.

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. 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. The EC officials said women and youth were among the early voters in the first of the five-phase elections to the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly.

The overall voter turnout in Jharkhand was 11.02 percent till 10 am. The election commission released the voter turnout data for each district, according to which, Manika remains on top with over 13.63 percent turnout till 10 am. Meanwhile, Panki continued to show the least voter turnout with 9.20 percent amid all 13 seats in Phase 1 of Jharkhand Assembly elections.

The overall voter turnout in Jharkhand was 7.12 percent till 9 am. The election commission released the voter turnout data for each district, according to which, Manika had the best start with over 13 percent turnout till 9 am. Meanwhile, Panki showed the least voter turnout amid all 13 seats in the Phase 1 of Jharkhand Assembly elections.

According to ANI reports, Naxals have reportedly blown up a bridge in Bishnupur in Gumla district, though no injuries were reported. Deputy Commissioner Shashi Ranjan said voting has not been affected and will continue normally. Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Saturday morning made an appeal for voters to turn up to the polling booths in large numbers in the first phase, out of the five-phased state Assembly elections. "Your one vote is important for the development of the state," he added.

The five-phase Assembly elections for Jharkhand began today with 13 seats in the state going to polls. The polling began at 7 am and will conclude at 3 pm.

Union home minister Amit Shah in a tweet said, "A stable and a majority government is required to keep Jharkhand on the track of development free from corruption and Naxalism. I appeal all the voters of the first phase to vote in large numbers and keep Jharkhand on the path of development."

A total of 37,83,055 voters — including 18,01,356 women and five third gender voters — of Chatra (SC), Gumla (ST), Bishunpur (ST), Lohardaga (ST), Manika (SC), Latehar (SC), Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur (SC), Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur constituencies will decide the fate of 189 candidates in the first phase.

Jharkhand Election 2019 Voting Updates Polling for Phase 1 shuts barring sporadic incidents of violence polling largely peaceful in Naxalismhit state

Representational Image. Reuters.

Voting will take place across 3,906 polling stations, out of which 989 will have webcasting facilities, an Election Commission release said.

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

The Opposition alliance of the JMM, Congress and RJD will contest in four, six and three constituencies, respectively. Polling will begin at 7 am and conclude at 3 pm, the release said, adding, there will be separate queues for the differently-abled along with ramp and wheelchair facilities.

Polling personnel, deputed in remote areas, were being airlifted, EC officials said. A monitoring exercise is being carried out by flying squads to prevent violation of the Model Code of Conduct, such as distribution of cash, liquor and other inducements, the officials said.

By dialling 1950, voters will be able to register complaints on poll-related issues, they said.

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 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.

Elections in Jharkhand will be held in five phases and the results will be declared on 23 December.

With inputs from PTI

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