Over 29.44 percent voter turnout was recorded in Jharkhand till 11 am on Thursday where polling for the third of the five-phased Assembly elections in Jharkhand is being conducted amidst tight security.
The voter turnout is picking up as the day progresses as just a little over 13 percent polling was recorded till 9 am, according to the Election Commission.
The third phase of polling will decide the fate of legislators in 17 seats out of the total 81 assembly constituencies.
A total of 309 candidates, including 32 women, are contesting from 17 assembly seats. The constituencies, including two reserved for SC candidates and one ST candidate, in which voting is being held are spread over eight districts in the state.
Meanwhile, former chief minister Babulal Marandi cast his vote at an election booth in Giridih district and expressed confidence over his party’s win.