Jharkhand’s second phase of polling ended on a peaceful note across six constituencies — Ranchi, Giridih, Jamshedpur, Singhbhum, Khunti and Hazaribagh — registering 62% voting which is an improvement of 11.50% over the 2009 polls.
The queue outside a polling booth at Khijari Block in Ranchi on Thursday. (Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)
It is also an improvement of 3% over the first phase of elections which took place on April 10 when voting was affected in four parliamentary constituencies — Chatra, Palamu, Koderma and Lohardaga. In the first phase, 59.67% turnout was recorded.
Constituency-wise Ranchi registered 58.76% voting, Giridih 62.03%, Jamshedpur 65%, Singhbhum 62.73%, Hazaribagh 61.01% and Khunti 61.04%. Voting also took place at six booths under Bagodar and Rajdhanwar assembly segments of Koderma parliamentary constituency where repolling was ordered by the Election Commission, following disruption due to technical snag and vandalising of EVMs in the first phase of polls. In the second phase, a total of 52% polling was registered at these booths.
PK Jajoria, the chief electoral officer of Jharkhand, said, “Barring one incident at Lugu Pahari in Bokaro where extremists blew up a CRPF vehicle, everywhere else the polls went off peacefully.”
Jajoria added that a total of 122 complaints of snags in EVMs were received out of which 105 were rectified on time and polling did not suffer. However, the EC office is not sure as to where repolling is required as it is yet to receive complete information from these constituencies. Jajoria said with the end of the polls in 10 constituencies, seizure of cash, liquor and jewellery have come to an end in 16 out of 24 districts of the state.
The CEO said `1.68 crore in cash, 10 gm of gold and 18 kg of silver were seized. He added that 6.46 crore litre of liquor worth `51.04 lakh was also seized during 2,251 raids.