“The poll percentage was below our expectations. Considering the awareness drive we launched to make voters aware, we were expecting an improvement of 20-25% over the last poll figures. Urban apathy could be one of the factors,” PK Jajoria, the chief electoral officer of Jharkhand, said.
The CEO also did not rule out Maoist call of poll boycott to some extent for the not so impressive voter turnout.
The scorching weather might have also played spoilsport, Jajoria said. Polling in all the four constituencies was conducted peacefully with no major incidents reported from anywhere, barring vandalising of some ballot units at Rajdhanwar assembly segment in Giridih, Jajoria added.
“Re-poling would be held at booth number 329 at Rajdhawar as the ballot units were destroyed by anti-social elements, thus stalling the polling process, the CEO said. In Lohardaga, a voter reportedly stabbed a poll officer, following a dispute over his name in the list.