Peaceful Voting in Phase IV of the General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019

The Fourth Phase of election took place in 15 AssemblyConstituencies (ACs) covered in 4 districts (Deoghar, Giridih, Bokaroand Dhanbad) on 16.12.2019.

The poll today went off peacefully, without any incident,with very enthusiastic participation of voters including PWDs, seniorcitizens, youth etc.

4,203 out of 6,101 polling stations (more than 69 %) werecategorized as critical; adequate security arrangements were made.

74 polling stations required dispatching polling teams two days inadvance.

2 choppers were deployed to drop 158 polling personnel.

This phase covered 47,85,009 voters, including 7,430 servicevoters and 64,318 PwD voters. 221 Candidates including 22 femaleand 1 third gender Candidates are in fray.

4,039 Volunteers facilitated bringing PwD voters from their housesto the polling stations. 3,432 vehicles were deployed to facilitatetheir transport. 2,504 wheelchairs were provided at the PollingStations.

For the first time Absentee Voter status was provided to PwD and80+ Voters of 3 Assembly Constituencies and they were given thefacility to vote through Postal Ballot at their doorstep. A total of1216 PwD and 80+ voters exercised their franchise using thisprovision of Postal Ballot.

The Commission put in place an elaborate mechanism to curb themisuse of money power. Total value of seizures across the State tilltoday is Rs 16.97 Crore.

In four Assembly Constituencies of Phase-IV (viz., 15-Deoghar (SC),31-Gandey, 36-Bokaro and 41-Jharia ACs), the Booth App tofacilitate voters to know about the number of voters in the queuewas used successfully.

  1. Approx. voter turnout figures (at 5.00 PM) :

At the time of release of the Press Note, the voting in some of thePolling Stations was still going on. The final Voting Turnout will beknown after the verification and scrutiny of Presiding Officers’ Diariesand other documents. As of reports received till 5.00 pm, the approximatevoter turnout figure for all the 15 ACs of 4th phase today is 62.46 %. Thefinal voter turnout in LAE 2014 for these 15 ACs was 64.66%.

  1. EVMs &VVPATs :

No complaint regarding EVM/VVPAT have been reported during the polltoday. Across the 15 ACs today, as per figures received till now only 0.30 %BUs, 0.28 % CUs and 0.87 % VVPATs were replaced, which is one of the lowest replacement.