An estimated 20.87 per cent of the 45.26 lakh electorate cast their votes till 11 am on Monday in three Lok Sabha constituencies of Jharkhand, in the first phase of elections in the state. Women voters were seen in large numbers at many booths in Lohardaga (ST), Palamu (SC) and Chatra constituencies, where voting began at 7 am, election officials said. Also Read - Jharkhand: 2 Soldiers Killed, 3 Injured in IED blast in West Singhbhum District
Ranchi Sadar Sub-divisional officer Garima Singh presented a citation to a woman, who became the first voter to turn up at a booth in Lohardaga constituency, they said. Also Read - Ishan Kishan Blasts 94-Ball 173 Ahead of IPL 2021; Shatters Several Records
The election officials said all preparations have been made to ensure clear and free polling till 4 pm. Also Read - Jharkhand Allows 100% Attendance in Govt Offices, Cinema Halls to Reopen at 50% Seating Capacity
There are a total of 6,072 polling stations for the three seats, where 25,727 polling personnel have been deputed.
Police said there was no untoward incident reported so far from any part of the three constituencies.
A total of 45,26,693 voters will decide the fate of 59 candidates, including two women.
Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Sudarshan Bhagat is among the prominent candidates contesting from Lohardaga. He is facing Sukhdeo Bhagat, a Congress MLA and ‘Mahagathbandhan’ candidate.