Ranchi, Dec 20: Polling in the 16 constituencies of Jharkhand on Saturday ended with 70.42 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise in the fifth and final phase of elections to the 81-member state assembly as the day passed-off peacefully.
Chief Electoral Officer PK Jajoria lauded the police personnel and election staff for successfully carrying out the elections in all the five phases. He said free, fair and peaceful conduct of elections is a matter of pride for Jharkhand.
Jajoria also commended the voters for turning out in large numbers, saying that they have become aware of the value of vote and its impact on development.
Dumka Deputy Commissioner Harsh Mangla said the polling in all the constituencies under the district concluded peacefully.
The BJP and the JMM yesterday accused each other of beating up their respective activists in Dumka and other areas respectively on Thursday night with the saffron party registering an FIR against Chief Minister Hemant Soren and his brother Basant in connection with the incident.