Srinagar/Ranchi, Dec 9: Third phase of assembly elections began on Tuesday, Dec 9 in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Security has been stepped up in both the states following the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
Polling is being held in 17 seats in Jharkhand and 16 in Jammu and Kashmir. In Jharkhand, 289 candidates, including 26 women, are in the fray for 17 of the total 81 assembly constituencies.
Also see: Jharkhand assembly elections 2014
In the third phase, the electoral fate of 289 candidates will be decided by 50,16,657 voters, including 23,55,728 women.
In Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and three of his cabinet colleagues are among 144 candidates whose fate will be decided today in the third phase of polling in 16 seats spread across Budgam, Pulwama and Baramulla districts.
A large number of Kashmiri Migrant voters of Baramulla, Pulwama and Budgam districts are casting their voters in various polling booths established for them in Jammu, Udhampur and delhi in third phase of polling.
More than 19 thousand Kashmiri migrant voters hailing from these districts are though eligible to cast votes. But only six thousand and one hundred migrant voters can cast votes as rest of them have not filled M- forms and thus can not vote .
More than 114 polling booths have been established by Election Commission for these migrants in Jammu, 4 in delhi and 1 in Udhampur.
6.30 pm: "We have recorded overall polling percentage of 61% for 3rd phase of Jharkhand Assembly election, might go up by 1 or 2%", says Election Commission.
6.15 pm: "We have recorded overall polling percentage of 58% in J&K for this phase", says Election Commission in a press conference.
6.00 pm: BJP State Spokesperson Suresh Ajay Magotra says, ""The massive participation of the Kashmiri people in PM Narendra Modi's rally at Srinagar has very clearly reflected the acceptance of BJP across the entire length and breadth of the Valley, in tune with Ladakh and Jammu."
5.30 pm: PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed while addressing a rally at Khiram in south Kashmir, says, "The people of Jammu and Kashmir have displayed maturity and wisdom in this election and have send out a loud and clear message that they want the problems facing the state resolved through democratic process."
5.00 pm: Migrant voters say that they hope that new government and also their elected representatives will take all measures for the permanent rehabilitation and welfare.
4.15 pm: Stray incidents of violence fails to dampen voter enthusiasm, with a quarter of votes being polled by afternoon.
4.00 pm: Polling ends peacefully in Jharkhand as well as Jammu and Kashmir.
3.47 pm: Jharkhand records nearly 55% voting till 3 pm.
3.30 pm: Voter turnout till 2 pm: 62% in Uri, 55% in Chrar-i-Sharief, 54% in Khansahib and Gulmarg, 51% in Rafiabad, 49% in Chadoora, 47% in Pattan, Budgam and Beerwah, 45% in Sangrama, 40.25% in Rajpora, 36.56% in Pampore, 30.74% in Baramulla, 28% in Tral and Pulwama and 23.13% in Sopore.
2.40 pm: Polling percentage phase-3 at 1.00 pm on Tuesday. With 50% turnout, Chrar-e-Sharief tops:
Uri : 41 %
Rafiabad : 34.3 %
Sopore: 18.5 %
Sangrama: 29.7 %
Baramulla: 25.7 %
Gulmarg: 40.5 %
Pattan: 32 %
Chadoora : 44 %
Budgam: 42.39 %
Beerwah: 39.72 %
Khansahab: 44.82 %
Cherari Sharief: 49.5 %
Tral: 24.51 %
Pampore: 30.05 %
Pulwama: 25.25 %
Rajpora: 35.37 %
2.05 pm: 40% voting in Jharkhand, 27% voting in Jammu till 1 pm
1.45 pm: 21.55% voting recorded in Pulwama district till 12 pm
12.50 pm: Petrol bomb hurled at a booth in Gulmarg constituency, no casualties reported
12.23 pm: Intense stone pelting reported in Palhalan area of Baramulla in Kashmir on the day of third phase of elections.
|Poll percentage Upto 12 A.M|
|S. No.||Constituency||%age upto 12 am|
11.43 am: Pulwama polling records 12.28% up to 11 am.
Tral = 5.41
Pampore = 12.28
Pulwama = 7.62
Rajpura = 13%
|Poll percentage Upto 10 A.M|
|S. No.||Constituency||%age upto 10 am|
11.35 am: Voting percentage in Jammu and Kashmir till 9 am:
Uri : 10.25%
Rafiabad : 4.59 %
Sopore: 2.39 %
Sangrama: 3.44 %
Baramulla: 2.97 %
Gulmarg: 7.47 %
Pattan: 8.08 %
Chandoora: 5.9 %
Budgam: 6.7 %
Beerwah: 8.26 %
Khansahab: 7.69 %
Cherari Sharief: 5 %
Tral: 1.36 %
Pampore: 3.3 %
Pulwama: 3.92 %
Rajpora: 3.96 %
11.10 am: Jharkhand records 13.29% polling till 10 am, around 10% voting in J&K.
10.55 am: Low-key polling in J&K, 15% voting in Jharkhand till 9 am
10.10 am: Voters line up outside a polling station in Pulwama
10.05 am: Brisk polling in Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand till 9 am
9.14 am: No casualty was reported in the encounter that took place just an hour before polling began at Dhanwar, Jharkhand (Encounter between Maoists and security officials)
8.40 am: Jharkhand polls: 4 Naxals reportedly injured in an encounter with police in Giridih
8.38 am: BJP candidate hurt in a scuffle between BJP and JVM-P workers at Chandil , Jharkhand before voting began.
8.20 am: Sportspersons MS Dhoni and Deepika Kumari will not be able to cat their votes due to their commitments elsewhere.
7.55 am: Pak violates ceasefire ahead of J&K polls today,over 80 criminal nominees in fray in Jharkhand
7.00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all voters to go out and cast their voters
Urging all those voting today, in Phase 3 of the Assembly elections in J&K and Jharkhand, to turnout in record numbers & cast their vote.
Urging all those voting today, in Phase 3 of the Assembly elections in J&K and Jharkhand, to turnout in record numbers & cast their vote.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 9, 2014