The electorates in the hinterlands of Jharkhand turned out in huge numbers to cast their votes in the second phase of the panchayat elections on Saturday.
The polling percentage was 72.52 percent, which exceeded the unprecedented 72.08 percent voters’ turnout seen in Phase 1. The highest voting percentage was recorded in Pakur with 82 percent, followed by Deoghar (80.65%), and Koderma (78.16%). Voters from Naxal-hit areas also turned up in huge numbers to participate in the democratic process, with 71.51 percent voters’ turnout registered in Latehar and Simdega at 66.5 percent.
The second phase covered 74 blocks across 23 districts of the state. The electorates from these areas voted to choose their representatives for a total of 18,383 positions of ward members, mukhiyas, panchayat samiti and zila parishad members from among 40,353 candidates. Amid tight security, the second phase of panchyat poll passed off peacefully in Bermo, Kasmar and Jaridih blocks of Bokaro district.