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All eyes on Jamshedpur East as Jharkhand gears up for second phase of polls on 20 seats

All eyes on Jamshedpur East as Jharkhand gears up for second phase of polls on 20 seats

Ranchi, Dec 6 (UNI) Voting for the second phase of elections on 20 seats of the state including

the most hyped Jamshedpur East from where Chief Minister Raghubar Das is battling his

former cabinet colleague will be held on Saturday where an estimated 48.25 lakh voters will

decide the fate of 260 candidates who are in the fray on these seats.

The seats which will go into polls in this phase included Behragora, Ghatshila (ST), Potka

(ST), Jugsalai (SC), Jamshedpur East, Jamshedpur West, Saraikela (ST), Kharsawan (ST), Manjhgaon (ST), Jaggananthpur (ST), Manoharpur (ST), Chakardharpur (ST), Tamar (ST),

Mandar (ST), Torpa (ST), Khunti (ST), Sisai (ST), Simdega (ST) and Kolibera (ST).

These 20 seats are spread across 7 districts including Ranchi Simdega Khunti Gumla

East Singhbhum West Singhbhum and Saraikela-Kharsawan.

The total number of eligible voters who are eligible to vote in this phase is 48,250,38 which included 24,31,511 male voters 23,93,437 female voters and 90 third gender voters. A total of

260 candidates are in the race for these 20 seats including 29 women out of which a maximum

of 20 candidates were in each on Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West Seats and a

minimum of 7 candidates were on the Saraikela seat.

Addressing a press conference here state's chief electoral officer Vinay Kumar Choubey

today said that voting on 18 out of these 20 seats will be held from 0700hrs to 1500hrs

where as in Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West which are in the urban areas and free

from the shadows of Left Wing Extremism voting will be held from 0700hts to 1700hrs.

He said the eligible voters will be able to cast their votes on 6066 booths out of which

5050 are located in rural areas and another 1016 in urban areas.

Choubey said in the second phase the election commission has provided webcasting

facility on 1612 booths while the number of 'Sakhi Booths' was 94 and model polling

booths were 337.

He said that 99 percent voter slips have been distributed in this phase by the BLOs.

Choubey said that due to security reasons and to ensure better voter turnout a total

of 101 booths have been relocated in this phase.

Adding further Mr Choubey said the commission has this time divided the polling

booths in naxal and non-naxal areas on the basis of which 949 polling stations were

hyper sensitive and another 762 were sensitive in naxal areas while in the non naxal

area 762 booths have been declared hyper sensitive and another 2005 booths have

been declared sensitive.

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