Jharkhand Assembly Election Phase 1 Polling HIGHLIGHTS: Polling for the first phase of the Jharkhand Assembly elections concluded on Saturday. The total voter turnout was recorded at 62.87%. Polling on 13 seats in the first of the five-phased elections remained largely peaceful. Barring an incident of Naxals blowing up a bridge in Gumla district and Congress, BJP workers clashing in Palamu, no untoward incident was reported from the state. Polling on 13 Assembly constituencies in six districts including Naxal-hit areas started at 7 am and concluded at 3 pm. The fate of several bigwigs, including the state Congress president Rameshwar Oraon and state health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi has now been sealed in the EVMs
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A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third gender voters, were eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 189 candidates in the first phase, the Election Commission said. Tight security was put in place for polling on Chatra, Gumla, Bishunpur, Lohardaga, Manika, Latehar, Panki, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur, Hussainabad, Garhwa, Bhawanathpur and Daltonganj seats. The Jharkhand Assembly has 81 seats and the BJP is hoping to retain power in the state under the leadership of Raghubar Das, who is the first CM to complete the full five-year term in the state.