First phase polling begins in Jharkhand

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Despite Maoists’ boycott call, Jharkhand’s voters today exercised their franchise in the first phase of five-phase Assembly polls.

As many as 27 per cent voters cast their ballot by before noon in Jharkhand, said an official. The young and the old were seen queueing up at polling stations.
The voting beganĀ  in 13 of the 81 Assembly constituencies in the first phase elections in six Maoist-affected districts.

Over three million voters will decide the fate of 199 candidates in the fray in the constituencies spread across six Maoist-affected districts. A total of 3,939 polling booths have been set up for the first phase.
A total of 3,259,536 voters will cast their votes in first phase.

Webcasting will be done from 263 polling stations. Besides, 1,752 polling stations were declared as super sensitive and 1,104 as sensitive.

Polling will close at 3 p.m. today. This is the third Assembly election in Jharkhand which was carved out of Bihar in 2000.

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