4th Phase Polling in J&K, Jharkhand ends peacefully

RSTV Bureau

Poll_womenFourth phase of polling for state assembly elections in Jharkhand and J&K came to an end on Sunday evening.

Jharkhand witnessed a turnout of‪‪ 61.65% of voters while J&K registered 49% polling in the 4th phase of assembly elections.

Defying separatists’ boycott call and chilly weather, voters came out in good numbers today to record a 49 per cent turnout in the fourth and penultimate
phase of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections that involved 18 seats.

Although the polling was by and large peaceful in all the districts, several incidents of clashes between supporters of rival political parties and alleged high handedness by two BJP candidates–Javed Ahmad Qadri(Shopian) and Hina Bhat (Amirakadal) were reported in the Valley.

“An estimated 49 per cent of over 14.73 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the penultimate phase of the five-phased assembly elections,” Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula told reporters.

Polling in 15 constituencies of the Jharkhand on Saturday ended with 61.08 per cent electorate exercising their franchise in the penultimate phase of the Assembly elections in Jharkhand as the day passed off peacefully.

The polling, which began at 7 AM in all the seats, ended at 3 PM in 13 constituencies of Jharkhand while it concluded at 5 PM in Dhanbad and Bokaro, Election Commission office sources said .

The 13 other seats which went for polling in this round were Madhupur, Deogarh (SC), Bagodar, Jamua (SC), Gandey, Giridih, Dumri, Chandankyari (SC), Sindri, Nirsa, Jharia, Tundi and Baghmara.

“61.08 per cent polling has been registered, which may go up (in the final count),” Chief Electoral Officer P K Jajoria told reporters here adding voting passed off peacefully.

Of the segments, Chandankyari (SC) registered the highest figure of 71.28 per cent, followed by Madhupur at 70.20, the EC sources said.

At Pirtand in Giridih Assembly constituency Maoists posters asking the voters to boycott the polls had been removed, police sources said.

Giridih registered 62.61 per cent votes, according to the EC.

Giridih is the second seat from where former Chief Minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) President Babulal Marandi are contesting. He also contested from Dhanwar, where polling was held in the third phase on December 9.

An FIR was filed against an activist of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) at a booth in Tundi constituency for allegedly taking a party banner inside the booth, a Dhanbad report said quoting the police.

Constitutency-wise break-up of other seats – Deoghar (64), Bagodar (66.30), Jamua (58), Gandey (64), Dumri (65.30), Bokaro (51.11), Sindri (65), Nirsa (63), Dhanbad (55), Jharia (52), Tundi (62) and Baghmara (58), the EC sources said.

Polling for the rest seats in Jharkhand and J&K will be held in the fifth and final phase elections on December 20.

Counting will be taken up on December 23 for both the states.