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    Jharkhand Fifth Phase Voting LIVE: An estimated 62.77 per cent of over 40 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 3 PM on Friday in the fifth and final phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections in 16 constituencies, tweeted the Chief Electoral Officer of Jharkhand.
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    Jharkhand Fifth Phase Voting LIVE: The fifth-phase of voting ended in five constituencies of Jharkhand at 3 PM.

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    Jharkhand Fifth Phase Voting LIVE: Nearly 48 per cent of over 40 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm on Friday in the fifth and final phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections in 16 constituencies, election officials said.
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    Jharkhand Fifth Phase Voting LIVE: Jharkhand recorded 29.19 per cent voting till 11 a.m. in the fifth and final phase of polling on Friday for 16 Assembly constituencies, an official said.
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    Jharkhand Fifth Phase Voting LIVE: 29.19% voter turnout has been recorded till 11 AM.
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    Jharkhand Fifth Phase Voting LIVE: 12.01 per cent polling has been recorded till 9 AM in the final phase of Jharkhand polling.

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    Jharkhand Fifth Phase Voting LIVE: The voting began at 7 am and will end at 3 pm today in Borio, Barhait, Litipara, Maheshpur and Sikaripara seats while voters in the rest of the constituencies can exercise their franchise between 7 am and 5 pm, Election Commission officials said.
  • 7:05 AM IST

Ranchi: The fifth and final phase of polling in Jharkhand concluded at 5 PM on Friday. Over 40,000 security personnel were deployed in the 16 assembly constituencies spread over six districts to ensure the peaceful polling.

The 16 seats in Jharkhand that went to the polls were Rajmahal, Borio (ST), Barhait (ST), Litipara (ST), Pakur, Maheshpur (ST), Sikaripara (ST), Nalla, Jamtara, Dumka (ST), Jama (ST), Jarmundi, Sarath, Poreyahat, Godda and Mahagama across six districts in the Santhal Pargana region.

The voting began at 7 AM and concluded end at 5 PM.  As per Election Commission updates, an electorate of 40,05,287 electorate, including 19,55,336 female and 30 third gender voters, are eligible to choose from a total 237 candidates, including 29 women nominees, across the 16 seats.

Soren, who contested in two seats, faced a tough fight from Woman and Child Welfare Minister Louis Marandi of the BJP from Dumka and Simon Malto of the saffron party from Barhait.

State Agriculture Minister Randhir Singh of BJP contested from Sarath.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president Shibu Soren and his son, Hemant Soren, canvassed for party candidates.

The JMM re-nominated its sitting MLA Sita Soren, daughter-in-law of the party president, from Jama seat. Former deputy chief minister and sitting JMM MLA Stephen Marandi was seeking re-election from Maheshpur.

BJP had fielded sitting MLAs Ashok Kumar Bhagat, Anant Ojha and Amit Mandal from Mahagama, Rajmahal and Godda assembly constituencies respectively while the saffron party nominated former minister Satyanand Jha from Nalla.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and others had extensively campaigned for the Jharkhand elections throughout the state to woo the voters. From the Congress, Rahul Gandhi also campaigned for his party candidates in the state.

The counting of votes will take place on December 23.

(With PTI inputs)