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Bushland votes amid Red boycott call: 64 pc turnout

Bushland votes amid Red boycott call: 64 pc turnout

Ranchi, Nov 30 (UNI) Barring two low intensity IED blasts and a scuffle between candidates, polling in the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections was peaceful with 64.12 per cent turnout of 37 lakh voters registered till 1700 hrs on Saturday, the Election Commission said.

'Voting in some of the polling stations in the six districts was still going on. The final turnout will be known after the verification and scrutiny of Presiding Officers’ Diaries and other documents,' according to Nirvachan Sadan officials.

Turnout was 63.43 per cent in the 2014 assembly polls.

Amid a poll boycott call by Maoists, voting for the 81-member Jharkhand assembly is taking place in five phases and December 23 is set for the announcement of the mandate.

An average voter turnout of 62.87 per cent was reported till 1500 hrs.

Among the 13 seats, Gumla witnessed the highest turnout at 67.3 per cent while Chatra (SC) 56.59 pc.

Bishunpur (ST) saw 67.04 per cent voter turnout, Lohardaga (ST) 64.16 pc, Manika (ST) 57.61, Latehar (SC) 61.26, Panki 64.1, Daltonganj 63.9 per cent, Bishrampur 61.6, Chattarpur (SC) 62.3, Hussainabad 60.9, Garhwa 66.04 and Bhawnathpur 62.87%.

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