Wednesday, November 25, 2009

52 per cent polling in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Nov 25 (PTI) About 52 per cent polling was recorded in 26 constituencies in the first of the five-phase assembly elections in Jharkhand amid air surveillance and tight security today, Election Commission officials said.

Barring a few skirmishes, polling was by and large peaceful. As many as 6,532,234 voters exercised their franchise in 8,176 booths to decide the electoral fortunes of 470 candidates, including 34 women, they said.

The polling began at 7 am and ended at 3 pm. The opening and closing time for the polling has been advanced in view of Naxal threats and election boycott announced by the left wing extremists in the constituencies.

Prominent among the 470 candidates were former deputy chief minister Stephen Marandi and former assembly speaker Alamgir Alam (both Congress), Suraj Mondal and Hemlal Murmu (both JMM).

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