Over 62 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Thursday at the end of third-phase elections, in which 17 assembly seats of Jharkhand went to polls, officials said.
Amid tight security, 62.60 per cent of 56,18,267 voters exercised their franchise in the 17 seats across eight districts, they said. Police said the polling, which began at 7 am, passed off peacefully.
While polling at Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Barkatha and Ramgarh seats ended at 5 pm, voting in rest of the constituencies ended at 3 pm, Election Commission officials said. The voters comprised 26,80,205 women and 86 third gender persons.
The fate of 309 candidates, including 32 women nominees, was sealed in the EVMs at the polling. The five-phase assembly elections to the 81-member House began on November 30 and will end on December 20.
Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said about 40,000 polling personnel conducted the election. Of the 7,016 polling stations set up for the third-phase, 1,008 were identified as ‘critical’ and 543 ‘sensitive’ in Naxal-affected areas.
A total of 1,119 polling stations were 'critical' and 2,672 polling stations were ‘sensitive’ in other areas. There were 13,504 ballot units, 8,772 controlling units and 9,123 used, with double ballot units set up in nine constituencies where there were sixteen or more candidates in the fray. A total of 2,014 polling stations had webcasting facilities.