Ranchi, Apr 16: Voting for the Jharkhand Municipal Elections 2018 is taking place on Monday. The polling for Jharkhand civic polls began at 7 am today and will go on till 5 pm. Over 22 lakh voters are expected to cast their votes for 34 urban local bodies in Jharkhand. Meanwhile, bypolls are also being held at four local bodies – Jhumri Tilayya, Deoghar, Dhanbad and Bishrampur.
Five municipal corporations (Nagar Nigams), 16 municipalities (Nagar Parishads) and 13 panchayats have gone to polls today in Jharkhand. According to Jharkhand State Election Commission, 278 candidates are in the fray for 34 Mayor and chairman seats, 320 for Deputy Mayor and Vice chairman, 122 for Mayoral and Presidential posts and 23 candidates for Deputy Mayor and Vice President posts.
The list of candidates is available on the State Election Commission website. The EC has reserved 50 per cent seats for women in these 34 local bodies. The poll panel has set up 2,389 polling booths and tight security has been deployed at each booth.
The counting of votes for the Jharkhand civic polls will take place on April 20. Counting will begin at 8 am on April 20 and the results will be out by afternoon on Friday.