Ranchi/Srinagar, Dec 14: The fourth phase of the five-phase assembly elections in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir took place peacefully without any untoward incident.
In Jharkhand, the Election Commission on Sunday confirmed that fourth phase of assembly elections witnessed a voter turnout of 61.65 percent.
Speaking to mediapersons, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said: “The fourth phase of elections in Jharkhand took place peacefully without any incident worth mentioning. We had 15 assembly constituencies spread over four districts of Jharkhand in which there were over three lakh voters. A total of 217 candidates contested including 15 female candidates.”
Sinha further said the 61.65 percent voter turnout, which was recorded for the fourth phase of elections in Jharkhand, compared favourably to the 2009 assembly elections.
He said: “The overall voter turnout of the fourth phase is 61.65 percent till the time the report has come. The cumulative figures of all the four phases is 63.1 percent till now,” he said.
Sinha further informed: “The district-wise voter turnout figures till now in Deogarh is 67.1 percent, in Girdi it is 63.24 percent, in Bokaro it is 67.9 percent and in Dhanbad it is 58.33 percent, the voter turnout has increased from last assembly elections in 2009 in all the districts.”
In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, despite severe cold, long queues of voters were seen outside the polling stations to exercise their franchise at many polling stations.
According to reports, people ignored the boycott call given by separatists and 49 per cent of the 14.73 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the penultimate phase of Assembly polls on Sunday.
Barring minor clashes between supporters of rival parties at a dozen places, polling in all the 18 constituencies spread over three districts of Kashmir, including summer capital Srinagar, and one district in Jammu region was by and large peaceful.
The trends in voter turnout in eight constituencies of Srinagar city, which have witnessed low voter turnout in the past elections due to separatist boycott calls, pointed towards a higher poll percentage this time.
Stringent security arrangements had been put in place to ensure incident-free polling across the State, officials said.
It may be noted that the final phase of the state assembly polls will take place on December 20, with the counting of the votes scheduled to take place on December 23.
(With Agency Inputs)