Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Poll begins amid air surveillance in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Nov 25 (PTI) Polling began today at 7 am for the first of the five-phase assembly elections in Jharkhand under air surveillance and tight security, state election commission sources said.

With the minimum temperature hovering around 9 degree Celsius at many places, men and women wearing woollen garments were seen queueing in front of different booths in all the 26 assembly constituencies going to the polls, to exercise their franchise.

A total of 470 candidates, including 34 women, are in the fray with 6,532,234 voters to cast votes between 7 am to 3 pm. The opening and closing time for the polling has been advanced in view of the Naxal threats and poll boycott announced by the left wing extremists in the constituencies.

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