Voting has started in 17 seats, including the capital Ranchi, in the third phase of assembly elections in Jharkhand. Voting continues peacefully at seven in the morning amid tight security. In this phase, more than 56 lakh voters will decide the fate of 309 candidates. The Election Commission has made all preparations for conducting elections in these seats in a peaceful, fair and transparent manner and about forty thousand election personnel have been deployed for voting. Till 11 am, a total of 29.44 percent polling has been recorded. There is more enthusiasm among voters in rural areas than in urban areas. Voting will be held in five of the 17 seats from 7 am to 5 pm, while the remaining 12 seats will be voted at 3 pm. In this phase, the public will decide the fate of many veterans, including former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, AJSU supremo Sudesh Mahato, Minister Chandeshwar Prasad Singh. In total 309 candidates, 277 male and 32 female candidates are in the fray. Till 11 am, 27.3 per cent in Koderma, 28 per cent in Barktha, 29.68 per cent in Ramgarh, 34 per cent in Barhi, 32 per cent in Mandu, 26 per cent in Hazaribagh, 26 per cent in Hazaribagh, 32.33 per cent in Simaria, 20.09 per cent in Rajdhanbar, 29.19 per cent in Bermo, 29.13 per cent in Barkagaon, Gomia recorded 33.04 percent, 19.35 percent in Ranchi, 33.44 percent in Ichagarh, 36.12 percent in Silli, 37.65 percent in Khijri, 28.7 percent in Kanke, 23.15 percent in Hatia.
Voting has started in 17 seats, including the capital Ranchi, in the third phase of assembly elections in Jharkhand.
Chief Electoral Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said that a total of 7016 polling stations have been set up for these 17 seats. A total of 56,18,267 voters will exercise their franchise in these polling stations. These voters include 2937976 male, 2680205 female, 86 third gender and 144153 new voters (18-19 years old). Apart from this, there are 53,516 and 63754 disabled voters above 80 years of age. He said that about 40 thousand polling personnel have been deployed on electoral duty. Polling personnel have been airlifted to polling stations in 96 remote and Naxal-affected areas. Ten polling stations have been relocated due to security reasons. The Chief Electoral Officer said that 309 candidates are in the fray in the third phase. There are 277 male and 32 female candidates among them. Maximum 31 candidates are in the election fray for Ichagarh and minimum 12 for Ranchi and Kanke assembly seats. Apart from this, 17 in Koderma, 20 in Barkatha, 14 in Barhi, 23 in Barkagaon, 25 in Ramgarh, 22 in Mandu, 15 in Hazaribagh, 15 in Simaria, 18 in Dhanwar, 15 in beef, 20 in Bermo, 15 in Silli, There are 14 candidates in Khizri and 22 in Hatia. Additional Director General of Police Murarilal Meena, the nodal officer of the security forces for the elections, said that a large number of paramilitary forces and local security forces, including the Central Reserve Police Force, have been deployed for the third phase as well.
In this phase too, arrangements for a completely peaceful and fair election have been made and according to the preliminary report, polling is going on peacefully in all places. Polling will be held in most seats by 5 pm and in Naxal-affected areas by 3 pm. In the third phase, Urban Development Minister Chandreshwar Prasad Singh from Ranchi, Human Resource Development Minister Neera Yadav from Koderma and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief and former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi from Dhanwar seat are trying their luck. At the same time, former Deputy Chief Minister and President of AJSU Sudesh Mahato is trying his luck from Silli assembly constituency. Rajendra Prasad Singh of Congress is facing the sitting BJP MLA Yogeshwar Mahato on Bermo seat. A booth app has been issued to the voters at various booths to convey the actual voting situation. Of the 17 seats in which elections are being held in this phase, two seats are reserved for scheduled castes and one tribal community and the remaining 14 seats are unreserved. In this round of elections, while Jharkhand Vikas Morcha is contesting all 17 seats, BJP is contesting only 16 seats. Vinay Kumar said that now the remaining seats will be voted on December 16 in the fourth phase and on December 20 in the fifth phase. The counting of votes will take place simultaneously on 23 December.